Monday, September 05, 2005

Ultra: Seven Days

Ultra: Seven Days consists of an eight-issue mini-series by The Luna Brothers, published by Image. It's been in my to-read pile for awhile, and I finally got around to it. But seriously, don't make the same mistake as me and put this off any longer - you have to read this book. This is the best superhero comic I've ever read. Although it's not a traditional superhero book. It's a perfect blend of superhero and drama and comedy. The series takes place in Spring City, where superheros work as kind of police units, but are also treated as celebrities. For the most part, this book examines Pearl Penalosa, the person behind the ubercelebrity Ultra, and her relationship with other superheros, particularly two other gal pals, Aphrodite and Cowgirl. Pearl also faces problems in the romance department as well as with the press. The dialogue in this book is just amazing, as well as all of the characters, who come off as genuine people with distinct personalities that don't fall into stereotypes that often grace the comics of the mainstream. Oh, but that's not all! The Luna Brothers have treated this work with so much love, even the production is spectacular. Included in the trade of this series are the original faux ads that appeared throughout the comics that depicted the celebrity superheros in their sponsor roles. And the cover of each issue is that of a magazine, with tables of content at the beginning of each issue. My favorite little blurb was on issue four: the cover had a little spot for 50Sync: Teen pop's answer to gangsta rap; on the inside: 50Sync: bustin' caps and breakin' hearts. I don't know. I thought it was funny. But each magazine parody is full of these things. The last of the magazine covers is actually a parody of golden age superhero comics, with a first page on the interior (instead of a table of contents) appearing just as a golden age superhero story would appear. Then there are fake articles, where the superheros are interviewed or spotlighted. I tell you, the personalities just come through the pages in these. lol. Anyways, I'm giving this a complete glowing review because I seriously couldn't find a thing wrong with it. The art is beautiful, the storytelling is dynamite. Just read it and try to prove me wrong.

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