Comic Review: Collapser #1 (DC Comics)

Collapser, new from DC’s Young Animals imprint, enters the atmosphere with issue #1. Written by Mikey Way and Shaun Simon, Collapser’s artwork is by Ilias Kyriazis, with colour by Cris […]

Collapser, new from DC’s Young Animals imprint, enters the atmosphere with issue #1.

Written by Mikey Way and Shaun Simon, Collapser’s artwork is by Ilias Kyriazis, with colour by Cris Peter.

Liam James is a young man who works in a nursing home. That is, Liam looks after elderly patients who are nearing the end of their lives, and need special care with their everyday needs. Including changing bandages, washing dentures, bedpans, and carrying out all sorts of other sanitation duties. After work, Liam likes to check out the night scene and has ambitions in doing some audio work in the clubs.

Suddenly, Liam’s world gets rocked by the presence of a black shapeshifter, some kind of powerful entity that influences him. And with a series of foul words that follow, Liam’s life has been transformed!

It’s a bit heavy on the melodrama of Liam’s daily tedium, and a bit telegraphic in letting us know when the punches will land, but this story is just getting started. Give it a chance, the artwork is kinda ‘indie’ and eccentric, (calling to mind early Silver Age Green Lantern and Steve Ditko’s Dr. Strange at the same time), and the colouring is really wonderful. There is a whole palette of fun in this comic. Cris Peter lays down an amazing variety of atmospheres here, helping us to navigate through Liam’s entry into his massive new identity.

DC Comics, Collapser #1, $3.99 for 26 pages of content. Adult language. Mature Readers.

Alan Spinney

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