Chico Comics Page Review: The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson #1 (of 5)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writers: Eddie Gorodetsky & Marc Andreyko
Illustrator: Stephen Sadowski
Colorist: Hi-Fi Colour Design
Letters: A Larger World Studios
Editor: Shannon Eric Denton
Reviewer: Chris “The Bearded Wonder” Natale
Ever since I first became a fan of comic books, I have always either read books that were serious and dark or books that were fun and light-hearted. This book achieved the rare quality of being a little bit of both. Nick Wilson was a superhero, but is now more human than “super.” Some of us who have always loved superheroes sometimes tell ourselves that we would be like Batman, Wonder Woman or even Superman if we had powers. However, I believe each of us has a little bit, if not more, of Nick Wilson in us. I am not going to say that this is the best comic I have ever read, but I will not say it was the worst either. I had to read it twice just to make up my mind about it. I have to say that while I enjoyed it at times, at others it seemed a little ridiculous. It seemed more like a comedic commentary on what some of our society is like nowadays rather than a typical superhero story. Gorodetsky & Andreyko walk the line of fun and obnoxious. They have written a character that is both likeable and unlikeable at the same time, yet is also extremely relatable. Nick Wilson seemed to have the life some would dream of before he hung up his cape, which begs me to question, where is this 5-issue series leading? I guess we will have to wait and see.
The art by Stephen Sadowski seemed to really fit the character and the story. I had no problems with it. Usually if I ever have problems with art in the comic, it is because I either can’t tell what is happening in a panel or it takes me out of the world I am trying to immerse myself in. Sadowski’s art was different in a good way and I was able to follow along just fine. I really enjoyed how the comic started with Nick Wilson suiting up throughout the different panels of the first page. It’s exactly how I imagine any superhero or hero getting ready to take on the world. Simply epic. It also set the tone for the rest of the comic when paired with Nick saying, “Of Course back then, I could smell a dog passing wind two states over.” Another thing that Sadowski did right was the facial expressions of each character throughout the issue and how they were brought to life. The colors provided by Hi-Fi Colour Design were bright and really complimented Sadowski’s art. The art and colors gave it a kind of Archer vibe, which makes perfect sense if you have ever watched that show. The lettering by A Larger World Studios was executed just the way it should have been—providing clear, readable dialogue while emphasizing certain words in each conversation.
Overall, The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson #1 was a fun, obnoxious, yet enjoyable read from start to finish. The art provided really captured the comedic vibe of the story without derailing it. There were moments where I thought, “Wow. They actually put this in a comic book” and I laughed. Not all comics are supposed to be serious, but this comic walks the fine line between the dark parts of life and just having fun. If you are looking for something to read that goes with a cold beer or glass of wine, this comic is perfect for that. It also works if you just want to feel better about your own life and need a little pick-me up.
Are you tired of unrealistic superheroes meeting impossible expectations? Meet Nick Wilson. An ex-superhero whose best years are behind him. Really behind him as a matter of fact. A hero who had it all, including love from beautiful women, admiration from the people he protected, and the fame that came with being a “superhero.” At one point, he was a hero who worked for the president, but now he is working children’s birthday parties as an impersonator of himself and getting high. What happened to Nick Wilson, the superhero? Is his cape hung up for good? Or can he not find any escape from this washed up life he lives now?
It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Nick Wilson? Comedic, yet serious. Sweet, yet obnoxious. This comic is everything you would love and hate about a superhero book (well, ex-superhero). It provides commentary on the ups and downs of certain parts of society. The art seemed almost animated right off the page at times and instilled some feelings about its main character. This book has me slightly interested in how the other four issues are going to pan out and if Nick Wilson’s life will get any better. Let’s hope, right? The official rating by the Bearded Wonder is a goatee on the beard scale, which is a 6/10.
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