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Story 9.0
Art 9.5
Value 9.0
Total 9.3
Publisher: Image
Release Date: 15/9/2010 (US)
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

9.3


Image Firsts Wanted

Image have taken a page out of Dark Horseís book and are providing readers a chance to go back to the start of some of Imageís most successful characters at the bargain price of $1. This week they are releasing the first issue of the Mark Millar series Wanted, now a major motion picture, and a brilliant first issue.  

Full disclosure here, Iíve never seen the Timur Bekmambetov directed film but after reading this first issue I donít know if I want to. To me Wanted #1 is almost the perfect first issue and has me more interested in the series than the trailers for the movie ever did. 

Millar takes the time to introduce you to Wesley ďone of the most insignificant assholes of the 21st CenturyĒ. Wesley is the type of loser weíve seen before in comics but heís done so well in Wanted. He seems so pathetic that you want to slap him but then realize it would probably be like slapping a puppy, and thatís just wrong. All that changes when Wesley meets Fox. Once again it feels so familiar the loser meeting somebody and then everything changes but Wanted is different, Wesley has just found out heís a super villain, itís in his blood. Through Fox Millar is able to inform Wesley, and the reader, of the world Wesley actually lives in and itís pretty bad ass. Turns out Wesleyís Ďdadí (he left when Wesley was 18 weeks old) was the greatest assassin ever, The Killer, but heís been taken out himself.  With a little bit of runaway fatherís remorse The Killer has left everything to Wesley, including a place in the Fraternity (Order of Super Villains), $50 million and the opportunity to be a Ďdo anything you want with no consequences bad-assí.  

Wesley is shocked by the discovery of his dadís true nature and the true way of the world around him and as the reader itís hard not to feel the same way. This is why I believe Wanted #1 is the perfect first issue. It introduces you to the main character well, you almost think you know him from so many other comics, you feel you know where the story is going to go but then, when you are given a peek into the true nature of the world in Wanted and the expected path the main character will follow, itís hard not to be shocked. Millar creates the perfect blend of the familiar and the shocking to have the reader already immersed in the story and wanting more.  

The artwork really helps as well. Itís got that traditional Marvel/DC superhero style to it with clean lines, crisp colors and a lot of detail. You feel at home in this art style and once again feel like you can pre-empt the story. Then thereís this intense and at times, senseless violence, that makes you rethink your assumptions about the story. The art also helps you to understand some of the characters, like Fox. She unloads on a group of innocent civilians just to get Wesley to come with her and to make a point. Due to the violent nature of the act, captured well in the art; you get the sense that sheís more than a little unhinged.  

Wanted #1, as I said, is the perfect introductory comic. It plays with the reader who is accustomed to reading tales based on the superheroes coming of age. Millar does it so well that the reader wants to read more and the art also helps to toy with the reader. By the end of the comic you want Wesley to embrace the Fraternity and be bad because heís so pathetic and, well, doesnít everyone want to be a little bad? Buy it!  






 
 



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