Sunday, May 24, 2015
author: Mark Millar
average rating: 3.37
book published: 2015
read at: 2015/05/24
date added: 2015/05/24
'MPH' takes the premise of ordinary people who discover superpowers and spins a pretty good tale. That these people are living on the shady side of the law just ramps up the tension a bit.
Roscoe is a guy with a dream. He understands the laws of attraction and knows what he wants. He wants a good life for himself and his girl Rosa, which will start happening once he finishes the next big drug deal. When Roscoe's plans get waylaid by a 15 year prison sentence, he meets a strange man selling a drug called MPH. One pill makes you super fast. Roscoe uses it to escape and plan his future with Rosa, his friend Chevy, and Rosa's problematic brother Baseball. Because there are a finite number of pills, Roscoe has everything planned out. They will steal what they need to set themselves up for life. That is, unless the cops, and a strange man who can see the future don't stop them.
The story begins in Detroit and there is definitely some social commentary being made about the haves and have-nots. I mostly liked the story, and it's all complete in this volume. It takes some interesting twists along the way, and there is more than a little trouble and backstabbing. While I'm not a fan of stealing because you deserve it, and the superpowers seemed to morph into strange ridiculously overpowered versions, I still thought it was an okay story. The art by Duncan Fegredo is quite nice, and the book also includes a few alternate covers. Mark Millar seems like quite the idea factory, and his output has been interesting and varied.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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