The new offering from Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts) and Victor Santos (Filthy Rich) is brilliant, and unfortunately exactly what I think would happen in the real world. I’ve often thought that the problem with (and for) super-powered individuals would be that the governments of the world would never let them just exist, it would be much too dangerous (for the governments themselves). Testing, surveillance, essentially indentured servitude to the government in the name of “national security” all seem like plausible outcomes.
This book takes it one step further. A “company” has hired some thugs, and convinced a disgraced medical examiner to capture and extract the necessary biological material to use to synthesize “cures” for anything and everything. But how far will they go? Do the “cures” really exist? I can’t wait to see where Frank takes this story.
Now for the second amazing thing about this book. Victor. Santos. Victor’s work is legendary, Polar, his silent comic, was so amazing as a web-comic it’s been released in print from Dark Horse and his series Furious was critically acclaimed. His work in this book is more of his usual moody edgy style, and Adam Metcalfe’s colors fit perfectly.
This is a great concept with an excellent team behind it. 5 out of 5, buy this book.
Scroll down past the solicit info for a look at Cameron Stewart’s variant cover!
Black Market #1
Writer(s): Frank J. Barbiere
Artist(s): Victor Santos
WHY WE LOVE IT: Here at BOOM!, we’ve never shied away from exploring the dark crevices of the superhero genre. From Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE to Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, we love finding new ways to push the boundaries of our medium’s favorite genre.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:BLACK MARKET mixes the visceral noir/pulp sensibilities of Frank J. Barbiere’s Five Ghosts and Victor Santos’ Filthy Rich with a truly modern take on superhero mythos. If you love Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ work on Sleeper like we do, this series is for you.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Ray Willis is a broken man, a disgraced medical examiner making ends meet by preparing corpses at a funeral parlor. His scientific genius is being wasted—that is, until his estranged criminal brother Denny shows up on his doorstep, supposedly cleaned up and proposing a once-in-a-lifetime partnership to cure not just cancer, but all disease. The catch? It exists within the DNA of superheroes.