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Sidekick Volume 1 Paperback – May 13, 2014
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The main character certainly has good motivation and I liked the two characters pushing his buttons.
Where it most reminded me of "Irredeemable" is how the public treated him after his partner was no longer in the picture. Talk about no respect and ungrateful.
JMS builds it up wonderfully by showing the dark sides of the origins of these heroes and their lives. Flyboy, in particular, has a harrowing past that explains much of his actions. The build is very good, some of JMS' best work in years as he lays on the humiliation before Flyboy discovers the truth of why his mentor did what he did. At which point, this former sidekick snaps in a brutal manner and yet it makes sense given what we've seen. It may be dark at times but the artwork is fantastic and the way it's told is terrific as you care for this young man even as you see him fall into a brutal darkness. This is setup and the coming second volume follows even more as we see how easily the line of hero and villain can be blurred thanks to one man's selfish acts.
This started out good, and then got really good.
This story is all about what happens to a sidekick when the hero he followed is killed. Flyboy (Barry Chase), the protagonist of this story, does not take it well, and his life starts to spiral out of control. Mysteries abound, while some truths are uncovered, and by the end of this first volume, Barry's life is unrecognizable from the life he lived before his mentor died.
This comic is a little more graphic than some other comics, so I wouldn't recommend this for kids. With that being said, I am really looking forward to reading Volume 2 of this series.
I want to give this a 4.5-star rating, and am close to rounding up to a 5-star rating, but I'll play it safe by rounding down to 4.