Astonisher #1 | Writer: Alex De Campi | Artist: Pop Mhan | Colorist: Jessica Kholinne | Release Date: October 4, 2017
I didn’t know what kind of insane mind trip I was getting into when I picked up Astonisher, but I am so glad that I did! Astonisher #1 introduces us to a 31-Year-Old rich kid who gains the power to dive into people’s minds after getting hit by a meteor that nearly killed him in one of his performance spaceships (he wanted to fly an X-Wing since he was 6!). After failing with idea after idea, usually by using it as a toy instead of an innovative, lucrative way, his latest product is this new set of super powers. The question is, is this really something that he should be toying with?
I love Magnus’ character, because he as a conceited, contumacious idiot who could be brilliant bus instead squanders that great mind by choosing to act like a full-grown child. Using what I’m guessing is money from his mother’s company, Atisat Telecoms, and perhaps previous ideas, he funds his latest idea, soon be turned failure. The last was a Sports Spaceship company, which when he crashed it with the meteor, failed. Then this idiot gets super powers.
What I like the most about this book how fast it movies. One second he’s standing and talking to his mother, and the next an alien head pops out of a random person’s body and everyone is screaming. IN the moment after that Magnus jumps into the flailing alien body. Or more specifically he jumps into his mind body and all. It’s his girlfriend who points it out first, which, I admittedly had some issues with, because how does she know he’s in the alien’s mind, specifically? In any case, we find out she’s right because he tells the guy he’s trying to save, in his mind, that he is in his mind.
The art doesn’t hold back at all when it comes to the beauty of horrible monsters, and there are lots of those, and tentacles, and awesome mindscape combat! Everything is larger than life and absolutely awesome at the same time. When he finally does emerge, Magnus claims that somehow he is going to use the ability to create a product of some sort… one that lets people explore minds? I’m not 100% sure, but instead of practical application, it’s the first thing he thinks of, and he celebrates in a drunken stupor giving the finger everyone.
Needless to say, I very much enjoyed Astonisher #1 and I will be awaiting the next issue with great anticipation. I really like that this chooses not to be the typical super hero book, but instead goes with an unconventional take using the rich kid and his crazy ideas to go along with truly creative super powers. Using powers as a business? Why not? According to Magnus it’s a good enough idea to become his latest company. This book is full of fun and I implore readers to get your copy now and list it at your local comicbook shop!