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Talent #2

Posted: Tuesday, July 4, 2006
By: Michael Deeley

Writers: Christopher Golden & Tom Sneigoski
Artist: Paul Azaceta

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Talent reminds me of the TV show Lost. Both have confusing plots you can’t understand without watching it for weeks. But if you do, it’s pretty good.

I didn’t read the first issue, but here’s what I got: Nicholas Dane was the only survivor of a plane crash. He might have been saved by an angel disguised as a stewardess. Suddenly, he has the memories and abilities of the dead passengers, a government agent wants to kill him, and a secret group working against God also wants him dead.

There’s a lot here I just don’t understand. Who are these “anti-God” people? Do they serve Satan or another god? Or are they just trying to reduce God’s influence on Earth? Why did that agent crash the plane in the first place? Did he and the group know Dane had a special destiny to fulfill? What is this “balance” the angel talked about? And with all this religious conspiracy, do we really need to know about the mob who double-crossed a boxer who died on that plane?

The book’s biggest flaw is how it feels like a small part of a larger story, like the second act of a TV pilot. But there are enough good ideas to keep me interested. The dialogue is natural and reveals some characters’ personalities. Unique voices emerge through the dialogue. That’s very difficult to do.

The art reminds me of Michael Gaydos and Keith Giffen. It’s very sharp and angular. It feels realistic while still looking stylized. The coloring is a bit murky; outdoor scenes in the daytime lack daylight. Much of the book could have been done in a lighter shade, yet you can still tell who’s who and what’s going on. And the action moves quickly.

Frankly, I don’t think it is fair reviewing just one issue of what’s clearly a larger story. A better judgment would have to come from reading the complete story. If Golden and Sneigoski are planning what I think they're planning, it could take 6 months to a year to publish the complete narrative. As a reader, we’ll have to make a commitment to read the series for at least that long. But this issue makes me think our patience will be rewarded.

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