Image is putting out some outstanding comics at the moment. Joshua Hale Fialkov’s Last of the Greats is one of them. Set in a future where a race of all powerful aliens have been killed after becoming dictators of Earth, the story revolves around the last of these ‘greats’, who has been charged by humanity to fix all the problems they’ve created.
The issue opens with The Last chatting up a storm with Oprah, and being generally charming. I’m not going to give away anything else from the story, but let me just say that that’s the last ‘charming’ thing we see in this issue. It introduces a new character that will change the dynamic of the book and makes for a very compelling read.
The Last is one of those characters you don’t now whether you should love or hate or love to hate. He is ruthless, arrogant, aggressive and uncaring. At the same time, however, he is clearly misunderstood, and there is so much we are yet to find out about him. The Last is a very interesting character to read.
Brent Peeple’s art is simple and effective. He uses the characters mouths and eyes to create emotion very effectively, which is vital for a visual storyteller. Last of the Greats is an outstanding comic, and if you like books like Mark Waid’s Irredeemable, you should check it out.