There’s really only two ways to go with a character like the Man-Thing. One is to use the character as an odd sort of view into the writer’s mind, as the great Steve Gerber did in the ’70s. The other is to treat the character like the B-movie monster that he was first intended to be, and enjoy the character on that level.
That latter is the approach that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has taken with his new version of the Man-Thing, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
This comic reads like one of those B-movies that sometimes get aired on Sci-Fi Channel. There’s a bunch of rednecks in a small Florida town, a beautiful girl with amazing mystical powers, and a bizarre creature that wanders the swamp delivering revenge on the nasty redneck serial killers. All of them kind of get mixed up together, and of course beautiful Jennifer has her life saved by the nasty monster. It’s all very quick and entertaining and not exactly deep. But if you want to wander into the swamp and have a good ol’ B-movie time, this comic is just fine.
Denham’s art in the main story is sufficient for the story he’s depicting. His version of the Man-Thing as a shambling, almost mindless monstrosity is well done, and I just love the way he draws Manny’s glowing eyes. (Props to colorists June Chung and Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic for their coloring on this story as well).
This isn’t quite the greatest comic in history, but it’s a lot of fun if you’re looking for something as mindless as the creature at the center of this story.