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Review: The Consultant #1

Marcus Greenberg has a very particular set of skills, as a former Navy S.E.A.L., he does the dirty work of our nation’s superheroes, keeping his clients out of the papers and off of death row. With the help of his assistant Russell, a reformed shape-shifting supervillain, Greenberg is the go-to-guy for making super-sins disappear. He is The Consultant.

The Consultant is a comic I’ve been looking forward to checking out since it was first announced a while back. The idea that there’s a “cleaner” who takes care of the less than superhero-like issues is both entertaining and slightly twisted. Written by Jason Sterr, the first issue lives up to the concept and then some with a start that’s twisted and original.

The comic plays off of tropes and types we’ve seen and seen quite often. There’s the Superman like character, the Aquaman like character, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, they’re all here in some ways with slight twists on personalities. That’s part of the entertainment of the issue in that it takes these heroes we’re familiar with and shits all over them. Basically, if you like the idea of Superman hiring hookers and someone dealing with the aftermath, this is a comic for you.

The art by David Maine is pretty solid. I like the character designs and the world as a whole and the scenes that are more “adult” are done in a way that don’t pull you out of the comic. It’s mature without going over the top. The one knock on the comic is that some characters are hard to tell apart, especially at the end of the issue when things get rolling even more. So, while most of the designs are unique and look great some of the white guys look alike.

The comic is entertaining and exactly what I was hoping for, so this is one where I’m coming back for more and to see where it all goes. Sterr delivers some solid twists in the story and where it goes to fix the problems isn’t where I expected. While the concept is exactly what I wanted, the details kept surprising me in a good way.

Story: Jason Sterr Art: David Maine Cover Art: Simon Fraser
Story: 8.05 Art: 7.65 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review