The article will contain spoilers for Mosaic #5
First off, shout to Biggie on the cover. Nice touch. Now, let's get into the book. Chapter one is complete. I’d like to just start with telling you how I feel about a good origin story. Comic characters used to have origins back in the day. I’m talking about 60s, 70s, 80s, and such, and they still happen, but they aren’t always entangled with vivid intricacies. Then again, maybe I don’t know because I wasn’t actually around to read the issues as they came out (because I’m just a kid under 30) and I’m just so used to knowing the big origins anyways (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, etc.). Maybe stories did happen the same way as now, and I wasn’t there to experience it. But my point is, when I read I’m used to getting a similar style of origin.
For example, you might get a one shot issue, and then the hero grows from there, which is fine of course. There’s nothing wrong character development that isn’t rooted so deeply into the origin. The other thing you might get is a hero that starts in the middle of their story, and we are hit with these vague flashbacks, and then eventually get a one shot issue that explains the origin. Again, most of the time it’s usually in one issue (or an issue full of flashbacks), and then the story picks up again in the middle. Okay, what am I getting at?
Geoffrey Thorne presents us with a full 5-issue origin story. A very good 5 issue origin story. We meet characters. We pick up on their personalities. We learn their motives. We work through Morris Sackett’s emotions alongside him. We are in his host’s heads with him and learning as he learns. We get a full sense of catalyst, conflict and resolution in a robust 5-issue arc, and the unifying elements of character growth, and confrontation suffuse us with an odd air of closure. It feels complete. We don’t have to wonder how he got to where is because we were there!
This issue finally pulls Morris out of poor Spider-Man’s body and puts him back in his own, which at this point looks human only by count of extremities and digits, as a result of some psychic feedback due to trauma caused by pain? I’m not sure, but I’m going with that. The blaring feature that stands out to me is the Inhuman clan symbol on his head. It’s a nice touch representative of what he is..
In any case, he body hops to escape his attackers and confronts his father, who he now knows, effectively sold him to brand corporation long ago. I tried to hold out hope for “pops.” I tried to believe that in the end he’d turn and do what was best for his son, but he disappointed us all. What happened next was a deft display of Morris’ growing proficiency with his Inhuman power. Jumping from suit to suit, incapacitating each, while expressing his disgust for his father he ends by finally taking over Busey himself to tell his father that he’s “driving now.” Thus, metaphorically cutting the umbilical. He uses the uses a detonator to blow up the office and leaves Busey’s body as he drops off from their floor. An incredible end to the first chapter.
Maybe I’m excited because this is a new character with a new origin, but to me Geoffrey Thorne and Khary Randolph killed this. There’s something about the little nuances of a characters and being able to capture personalities that well that really intrigues me. Each character fit their niche. Each character was believable. They weren’t written to be liked. They were written to be real. Hell, I don’t even know if I like Sackett’s attitude, but I like the character’s vitality. Much love to Randolph and the vibrant colors from Emilio Lopez and Andres Mossa. Mosaic is always a visual treat. Wow that was a ride, and the fun now is seeing what Sackett does going forward. Eagerly waiting the next issue. Buy and list at your shops. Support this amazing work.