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Meltdown

Reviewed by Alterna Pete

 

Written and Created by David B. Schwartz
Illustrated by Sean Wang
Colored by GURU-eFX
Cover by Chris Bachalo
152 pages / $15.99 / Full Color
Released in July 2007

 

Summary: 'Meltdown' tells the story of a reluctant hero whose own powers are killing him; eating him alive; melting him down from within. He’s only got 7 days left to put his life in order, and to make amends for all of his regrets.

 

I’ve always found that the most interesting aspect of any superhero was the humanity that was given to them.  MELTDOWN follows suit with this book, as it tells the tale of a superhero known as The Flare.
As the summary states, The Flare is dying.  His powers are indeed eating him alive and the resulting story comes from the wrongs he is trying to right.  Filled with self-doubt and a tendency to dwell on his mistakes more than his accomplishments, The Flare is more human than ‘super’.  But what he doesn’t see is that his humanity is what makes him more than just an ordinary hero.

 

The writing in this book is superb and flows extremely well.  The only part that seemed slightly forced, was a conversation near the end of the book between The Flare and a dying fan.  But other than that, the writing is spot-on and the characters are written and drawn so effortlessly (or so it seems that way) that you’ll feel like you’ve known them forever.  The art, while not breaking any molds here, is also well done and fits naturally with the story.  On some pages, it really pops – and it works hand in hand with the writing.  This might seem like something that should come natural given that it’s a comic book – but you’d be surprised as to how many books feature writing and art that just don’t go together.  Fortunately that can’t be said of MELTDOWN.

 

If you enjoy a superhero story that’s intelligently and emotionally written, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

 

Rating the Issue


Story: Overall 8
Concept – 8 out of 10
Plot – 8 out of 10
Dialogue – 8 out of 10

Art: Overall 8
Style – 7 out of 10

Storytelling – 8 out of 10
Color/Tones – 8 out of 10

Importance: Overall 7
To the Title – N/A
To the Company – 8 out of 10
To the Medium – 5 out of 10

 

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Reviewer Bio

Name: Peter Simeti
email: paintedheroes@hotmail.com

 

Been reading comics: since I was 6, so that’d be 18 years!

 

Review Bio: I’m a graphic designer by trade, but a comic writer, artist, and now publisher by fate.  It’s a great feeling to know that I’m helping other people’s dreams come true and I’m also helping some great comics see the light of day.

 

Favorites: Essex County (all 3 volumes), Batman: The Long Halloween, V for Vendetta, Too Cool to be Forgotten, Birth, American Terror, Land of Oz, Lullaby, Unbeatable, Dark Knight Returns, Superman: Kal, Marvel 1602, Dark Phoenix Saga, Fatal Attractions (X-Men arc), God Loves Man Kills (X-Men arc), Spider-Man (60’s to 90’s), and well the list goes on and on

 

Website: www.petersimeti.com and www.alternacomics.com

 

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