Eureka #2 (Boom! – Cosby / Hay / Barreto)
TV’s smash sci-fi hit comes to BOOM! EUREKA creator Andrew Cosby joins writer Brendan Hay (THE DAILY SHOW, SIMPSONS) in bringing all-new stories from everybody’s favorite town of eccentric geniuses! Brogan is on the loose in Eureka and his military training and mechanical enhancements make him almost unstoppable. Well, almost! Sheriff Carter enlists the aid of a certain unstable tracker – Taggart – as they go on the offensive!
This first story arc of the comic adaptation continues to unfold as an emotionally unstable super-soldier who can’t be killed is on the loose. Sounds like a bad situation? It would be, except Sheriff Carter and the various other Eureka residents are on the case.
And thankfully for the reader, Andrew Cosby and Brendan Hay are on the case too! These two tell a story that is gold to the fans of the show.
Not unlike the Sci-fi show, this comic series is rounding out to be a fantastic blend of science fiction, action and comedy. The story is primarily told from the point of view of Sheriff Jack Carter, who is the traditional straight man in this top-secret town filled with geniuses. Most of the time, the punchline comes from the fact that it is Carter’s “normal-ness” and common sense that saves the day. It’s not surprising that the comic stays in line with the genius and the quality of the show, given that Andrew Cosby is also the creator of the program.
In issue #2 we get some more background on the “origin” of Brogan and what abilities he possesses, but are still left in the dark about his purpose and goals. But we can take a guess it has something to do with gathering information for possible retribution on what has happened to him while he was in the military. We also know he has a history with Deputy Jo and that puts her a place where she wants to lay the smack down but can’t.
There are so many positive things about this book: interesting character interactions, good setting and story, the consistently competent art of Diego Barreto and a bubble gun! Yes, I said bubble gun. We all know a bubble gun kicks butt!
The only thing that might stop a reader back from really enjoying it is not having a background in show. I certainly am not looking for the comic to re-hash everything about the already existing Eureka universe, because that would get tiresome for fans, but there certainly are some inside jokes. Now, it’s not that you can’t follow it, but there is a lot going on in the plot that is enhanced if you are up on your Eureka-lore. For instance, at the end of the second issue, the big spoiler splash page is the return of Warren King. Well, if you didn’t see the pilot episode or remember the pilot episode, you were like “huh? I guess I’ll wiki that!” It wouldn’t be a bad thing to have some sort of graphic tool for the readers to help them catch up.
Over all, Very, very solid!
Issue Grade: B+