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Icarus Society #1 Review – But Why?

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Prodigy: The Icarus Society #1 is written by Mark Millar, illustrated by Matteo Buffagni, colored by Laura Martin and lettered by Clem Robins. It is published by Image Comics under the Millarworld brand. Dr. Edison Crane is the self-proclaimed “smartest man alive”, who prides himself on solving problems no one else can. One of these adventures featured him stopping an invasion from a parallel Earth. Now he comes face to face with the mysterious Icarus Society – a group of individuals who claim to be smarter than him.

The premise of Prodigy hooked me when I first read about it. A super-smart, suave black hero who saved the day using his brains? It looked like a cross between James Bond, Reed Richards and Idris Elba – which also happens to be the perfect description of Edison. It’s also proof that Millar continues to develop high-level comic book ideas, even though his entire comic book catalog has now fallen under the Netflix umbrella. In fact, a film version of Prodigy is in preparation at the streamer, following the adaptations of Jupiter’s Legacy and super crooks.

Throughout the issue, Edison continues to push his intellect in every way possible, and so does Millar, who seems to be testing the limits of his imagination. These tests include negotiating with the mad scientist Professor Tong, who has an important connection to the Icarus society, escaping a kidnapping attempt and even mundane tasks such as his own version of the great American novel. This first event not only kicks the events of the series into high gear, but also features Millar’s signature touch as Professor Tong has surgically replaced his own hands with those of a chimpanzee!

Another must-have from Millar which The Icarus company features are the talents of a top-notch artist bringing Millar’s scripts to life. In this case, it’s Buffagni, who is best known for his work on a series of Marvel titles, including x-men and Star Wars: Age of Resistance. Buffagni draws Edison as the most confident person in a room, whether conversing with heads of state or tied to a chair by his would-be captors; his face is always set in a thoughtful pose and he is often dressed in the finest clothes. The action sequences are also a major draw, with entire pages devoted to Edison knocking out rooms of people more than him.

Buffagni is joined by Martin and Robins, the latter having served as a letterer on other Millarworld books. Robins sound balloons are unique in that they often take the shape of the words they contain, especially when people are screaming in pain. Martin’s colors change depending on the different scenes. For example, when Edison walks into the hospital where Professor Tong is holding his hostages, it’s dark – blue shadows cover everything, adding an eerie vibe to the proceedings. And when Edison is climbing, the sun’s rays shine behind him, providing a truly majestic view.

Prodigy: The Icarus Society #1 features the return of Edison Crane, with a story that rivals – and even surpasses – some of the greatest action movies ever to hit the screen. Although Millar had a career with mixed results, the Prodigy is one of his most interesting creations and worth reading.

Prodigy: The Icarus Society #1 is now available wherever comics are sold.

Prodigy: The Icarus Society #1

TL;DR

Prodigy: The Icarus Society #1 features the return of Edison Crane, with a story that rivals – and even surpasses – some of the greatest action movies ever to hit the screen. Although Millar had a career with mixed results, the Prodigy is one of his most interesting creations and worth reading.