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Hunter's Fortune #1

Posted: Monday, November 2, 2009
By: Danny Djeljosevic

Andrew Cosby, Caleb Monroe
Matt Cossin
BOOM! Studios
Plot: A surprise dead uncle bequeaths his vast fortune to slacker Hunter Prescott, infuriating the surviving relatives that think they deserve the money. To keep his inheritance, he must go on a quest to retrieve the sword of Excalibur.

Comments:This may be pessimism talking, but I get the sneaking suspicion that Eureka creator Andrew Cosby brushed off an old series pitch and handed it to Caleb Monroe to turn into a comic book. Or, more annoyingly, that he wanted to get Hunterís Fortune made into a series, so he got it made as a comic first. A pilot-before-the-pilot! A pitch you can look at! The photo-referenced cover even makes it look like a licensed comic.

Now that Iíve got that out of the way!

Hunterís Fortune #1 needed to do much more to justify paying four bucks for it. Itís all first act setup, and not even clever setup: youíve got Hunterís normal life of loserdom (complete with eviction), the dead uncle, the quest required to receive the unexpected inheritance, and the unveiling of a secret that (one can predict) sends Hunter out on his quest. Itís a shame that the writers leave what the revelation is as the first issueís cliffhanger. This kind of tactic might work on TV when three minutes of commercials are all that separates you from the answer. With comics, the commercials last 30 days.

Caleb Monroeís script is fun and witty enough to keep the pages turning, but not enough to justify picking up additional issues. Maybe if he included more of Ivan, the potential antagonist whoís brief appearance has him defeating a bear in a knife fight. Heíd have needed to do way more to characterize Hunter, whose character traits can be listed as such: levelheaded, incredulous, stubble.

Matt Cossinís anime influenced art is unexpected, considering the obviously photo-referenced covers. Appropriately, Cossin depicts his characters in cartoonish extremes, as the script leaves little room for subtle characterization and acting (see: knife fight, bear). Imagine Vasilis Lolos without the speed lines and manic energy, but imagine that itís because heís forced to work within more realistic limits. Someone get this Cossin guy on something where he can go nuts.

Shame that the book is serialized, as might read better as a whole. As it is, Hunterís Fortune is a light, inoffensive read that can be conveniently forgotten once more substantial comics show up, like sitting through a formulaic sitcom before a new episode of Lost.



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