REVIEW: Huck #3

Publisher: IMAGE COMICS
(W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Rafael Albuquerque

This week, Millar and Albuquerque’s “intention” powered hero returns to the racks, bringing with him his heartfelt need to ease suffering, although on this occasion, he has an entourage of sorts to keep him company.

Huck it seems has remained busy, continuing his good deeds by day.  To Huck no request is too small, following his heart, whilst others seem to take certain miseries for granted, under the guise of “that’s how things are”.  However, there is an evil lurking, in the shape of those who don’t respect Huck and seek to use him for their own selfish needs.

Co-creator and writer Mark Millar has maintained a pedestrian pace with this book.  Huck himself remains as loveable as in the first issue, but the continued “good deeds”, on one hand, run the risk of running out of steam, though on the other does ensure that the reader doesn’t forget Huck’s constant view of the world.  The dialogue is excellent, fromhuck2 the abusers of the body,the dealers, to the abusers of the spirit, in this case the politicians out for their own agenda and selfish reasons.

Fellow co-creator Rafael Alberquerque is on hand with another exemplary issue.  The pencils have an angular feel, that is softened by Dave McCraig painted effect colors. Alberquerque mixes his panel layout to great effect, across a variety of environments; slum; countryside and in particular the different conversations Huck encounters at the party.

Reading this book is like going back in time with the “gosh, golly, wow” type of innocence of the lead character.  The trying to fit in element reminds me a lot of the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Birds of a Feather”.  Huck’s greatest weakness may be his undoing.  How can someone fix the world, when in some ways it is so broken, especially when those entrusted with its care have such a hard time following Huck’s example?  The book remains an excellent read, under the watchful eyes of Millar and Alberquerque who  have started adding to the cast in order to ensure that the book doesn’t fall into the one trick pony trap, which at the start of the issue, was a possibility.

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