Eureka #4 (of 4) (Boom! – Cosby / Paglia / Hay / Barreto)
Sci-Fi Channel’s smash hit show comes to BOOM! EUREKA creators Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia are joined by writer Brendan Hay (THE DAILY SHOW) in bringing all-new stories from everybody’s favorite town of eccentric geniuses! The clock is ticking as Sheriff Carter unravels the mystery behind Global Dynamics’ ultimate weapon!
The first of hopefully many Eureka-based adventures from Boom! comes to a close. Overall, it was a very good read, but it felt like an anti-climatic ending.
Given the nature of the direct adaptation here, it’s hard not to envision the series in your head when reading the comic and interpreting the story through the lens of a television camera rather than through comic book page. Saying that, it seemed like an episode that had great build up and then ended too quickly.
We had to take time identifying “the bad guy”, go into the origin story, go into how they relate to Eureka, why they came back, what their motif is, how to stop them, almost three whole issues of building… and then basically the universal, undying soldier gives themselves up. There is a quick-“plot atmosphere” switch that takes the reader from fearing the unstoppable military predator to feeling for him because he was a victim of a military experiment. While the reader couldn’t help but see this coming, in a few quick pages, Eureka’s messy problem was mopped up in a nice easy never-have-to-deal-it-again ending. It was a tad sappy for your average Eureka-fan.
Alright, so maybe I am over-emphasizing that ish. In the macro, it was a great series! The characters were dead on (which is what was expected with Andrew Cosby at the helm) and Diego Berreto brings a pretty decent game fleshing out the fan-favorite TV show for the pulp pages.
I look forward to more Eureka from Boom! soon!
Issue grade: B
Series Grade: A-