The Megas #1 (Virgin – Mostow / Harrison / Rubin)
Told as a classic “What If” story, The Megas stretches the readers back to the founding of the United States of America. The founding fathers are no longer a group of rich white men….well, actually that part is still the same, but the change is that the founding fathers are metahumans (or mutants, if your like). Plus instead of creating a democracy, the Megas created a monarchy complete with kings, queens, dukes and princes, each with hair so white that is seems like flowing white light. This hair is how the average man, or commoners, can tell when they are in the presence of a Mega.
Issue #1 opens with the murder of a Mega prince. Enter our main character Jack Madison, agent of the Bureau of Royal Investigation who is charged with solving the crime. Also a commoner. I can’t help but think that the difference in classes will affect out main character. Jon Mostow has created this world where there are two classes…the royalty (which makes up about 10% of the population) and everyone else. Think of England and France during the French Revolution and you’ll get the idea of the separation of the classes.
Both the writing and visuals are totally compelling in this book. After my first reading, I immediately gave it another go. The Megas is a layered story that stimulates great “What do you think?” conversations as well as just being damn entertaining!
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