Prodigy: Book One by Mark Millar and Raphael Albuquerque

Edison Crane is the smartest man in the world. A daredevil. A chess wizard. An expert in hand-to-hand combat. MacGyver, Indiana Jones, and Black Panther on speed… his subconscious has the ability to work on multiple problems at once. Sleep? What’s that?

Money is not a problem for him, so helping out those in need satisfies his desire for altruism. A call from the government of Australia takes him to find a number of spaceships that have been suddenly appearing there and all over the world. He hypothesizes that a parallel Earth is sending emissaries to our dimension. He is met by a CIA agent who tells him of a plot by a secret society… A plot to build a bridge to Earth for these invaders. How will Edison stop them?

This one is pretty awesome. Not only is the character a kickass fighter, Einstein thinker, and ancient code breaker, but the artwork is killer. But there’s two things that make this comic unique. First is the way Millar represents the many parts of Edison’s subconscious: there are pages of this book drawn in large panels that show Edison solving the various problems. It’s him inside his brain in different roles that represent the many conflicts going on all at once. It’s hard for me to explain, but it’s something I’ve never seen before. Second, the storytelling timeline is broken up in a couple episodes so that we see the end result of a chase or conflict and then the steps to get there. A little page flipping makes things clearer, but it is a great way to pull the reader in…

Action and adventure. The Prodigy is one that shouldn’t be missed.

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