Brain Boy #0
Written by Fred Van Lente
Illustrated by Freddie Williams II
Colored by Ego
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Ariel Olivetti
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: December 11, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99
Open up your mind and allow writer Fred Van Lente to introduce you to an early adventure of the trained telepath, Matt Price in Brain Boy #0. With illustrations from Freddie Williams II, this prequel issue to the new series from Dark Horse is one wild adventure filled with betrayal, espionage, and a plethora of mind control tricks.
In one of his first missions ever, Matt Price, also known as Brain Boy, is subcontracted by the secret service to help protect the president and a special package called the “football” at a world leaders summit. Able to read the thoughts of others as well as telepathically and telekinetically force them to do things against their will, Brain Boy is tasked with determining every eventual outcome in regards to the summit in order to prevent something catastrophic from occurring; however, when lethal assassins force their way onto the premises and the other secret service agents begin committing suicide, Brain Boy quickly discovers that he is not the only telepath in the vicinity — nor the world.
I have to admit that this is actually the first issue in the Brain Boy series that I have had the pleasure of reading. Lente, however, does an excellent job at reintroducing characters (for those readers like myself) while not spending too much time on the backstory of the Brain Boy cast. There is some dark subject material in this comic but he seamlessly intertwines it with just the right amount of light-hearted dialogue and narration, helping to prevent the comic from becoming too bleak, but rather entertaining and intriguing.
Williams’ illustrations, while slightly cartoonish, have an air of sophistication to them, coupled with great pacing. The panels are expertly placed, character movements are spot on, and body language and expressions are realistic. His art fits well with Lente’s story.
Brain Boy #0 is a great jumping on point to Lente’s series. If you were with me right now, I’d use my telepathic abilities (yes, I am telepathic, as is the entire Geeks of Doom staff) to “encourage” you to buy this issue; but since you’re not, I’ll just regularly encourage you. Go buy it. Now.