Tuesday, October 6, 2020

"Penultiman," #1 Review

I remember reading the little bit of an intro to, "Penultiman," in a comic from publisher Ahoy a number of months ago (pre-pandemic) that had samples of a number of series. The one that caught my eye the most was actually the Penultiman story. Picture a self-hating Superman and you're on the right track. The first (full) issue comes out tomorrow and follows how Penultiman is from far in the future where humanity has reached its ultimate form. However, his parent who created him has Penultiman at the stage right before ultimate evolution, he's the penultimate, hence the name. This has resulted in him being banished to our time where he's absolutely incredible to us, but still not good enough for his own home.

This sounds depressing, but it is all presented with a darkly comedic tone and you really feel for Penultiman while also thinking he should realize he's pretty great and should believe in himself. It's well written, with Tom Peyer balancing misery and humor quite well. Alan Robinson supplies the artwork and its absolutely gorgeous as well. The nice clean look is perfect for a Godly superbeing like Penultiman, but Robinson draws the character's sadness and self-doubt with expertise too. Plus, whenever fighting and explosions occur they are deliciously bombastic.

"Penultiman," is a fun story, has amazing art, and I loved reading it. From its first sample I was intrigued and this debut full issue delivered the goods. I would recommend getting a copy at your local comic shop or preferred (legal) online resource tomorrow. I can't wait for the next issue!

5 out of 5 stars.

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