Written by Mark Millar
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Colors by Dave McCaig
Mark Millar is going through a personal creative renaissance. Since starting Millarworld, he’s settled down from his usual high octane action comics and made some nice stories with Jupiter’s Legacy (and Circle), Starlight, and Chrononauts. Though some of those do come with a certain level of action, his character work in those series has greatly improved and he’s looking like the Mark Millar we used to know but better. He continues this trend with his new series Huck. The first three issues of this series have been some of the greatest Superman stories not starring the Man of Steel himself. We have a Millarworld version of Superman in a man named Huck.
Huck is not a story about a superhuman trying to be a normal man, but it’s a story about a lonely farmer who has superhuman strength. It’s in that distinction, Millar takes the “Superman” mythos and makes it his own. This isn’t some God who has come to earth trying to fit in. No, this is a boy who’s grown up with a special ability, but doesn’t see himself as special. He’s just a farm boy who’s trying to do right and help his friends.
Millar has done such a great job in creating Huck in just four issue. You can’t help but sympathize with him as he tries his best to make the right decisions. We are shown how strong Huck is, but when he’s in danger (and in this issue that happens) you feel scared for his safety. When he’s betrayed by someone he thought he could trust, you feel upset that someone took advantage of this kind farm boy. There is a plot twist in this issue that isn’t new twist in any medium, but it’s a twist we dread the whole issue. While reading this issue I kept pushing that thought to the back of my mind. I did not want it to happen to Huck. I knew it was a possibility, but I was hoping for the best.
Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig put out some great work in this issue. Though their style, for me, reminds me of their work on American Vampire, it works in this series. Their character design for Huck is great. He’s a big guy, but still has an innocence look to him that adds to what Millar is doing. HIs brother looks very similar to Huck yet he has a look of untrustworthiness that adds to the mystery behind where Huck came from. The color work is pretty great especially in this issue. While Albuquerque’s pencils are great, I think McCaig is the star in this issue.
Huck is one of my favorite books coming out right now. Millar has been creating a great character in such a short time while Albuquerque and McCaig continue to put out great work. He’s hoping our boy is okay.
Marvin’s rating – 9/10