Review: Future Quest #5

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: Jeff Parker
Artists: Evan “Doc” Shaner (story 1) Craig Rousseau (story 2)
Inkers: Hi-Fi (story 1) Jeremy Lawson (story 2)

Summary
The Quest family continues to travel the globe to try to figure out what is causing the time shifts. We get a brief history lesson about Mi-Tor as told through cave drawings and interpretation from a neanderthal. Dinosaurs run amok and F.E.A.R. agents vanish and reappear.

In the second story, we get to see a boy band who became actors who are secretly superheroes. Really. That is what the second story is about. Intrigued? Read on.

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Positives
Doc Shaner  and Craig Rousseau have some crazy characters to tackle and they both do it really well. There are sea monsters, dinosaurs, Birdman, flying bullets, a cat, a dog, a monkey, a guy called Coil-man (you get the idea of what he does, imagine drawing that. Tough right?) and a guy who turns into liquid aptly called Fluid-man. The amazing thing about these artists is their ability to make each of those things look distinct and true while keeping the feel of this comic which is to capture the old-timey cartoon vibe of the original Hanna-Barbera shows.

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“The Impossibles” story is clever and strong. If you were granted super powers and were in a boy band how would you hide your identity? Would you build a cave? Would you join a newspaper to be in the heat of the action? Would you work for the police force? OR, would you make a TV show where you played a superhero who had the exact same powers that you have? If you picked the last option, you would be spot on. It is one of the more unique alter ego stories in all of comics. How will these kids fit into the new Future Quest world remains to be seen, but they are a lot of fun.

Negatives
The main story is a bit scattershot. Sure, it finally makes sense why the Quest family picked up some random kid in the Everglades and let him come along, but there is just too much going on for anything to make much sense. It has been a few issues since we have seen Space Ghost even though Jan and Blip have been running around with the Quest team. In this issue, Jan does suddenly remember her brother, Jace, but it is a throwaway line and lost in the action. While telling two stories makes sense to get all the characters into the action, at some point, they need to come together and this issue seems does not seem to move the meter.

Verdict
Parker is playing the long game here and patience is needed by the reader. The first few issues have been fun and there is hope with the B-Story.  Luckily, this is really well drawn and all of the crazy action fits nicely in the boxes provided.

3outof5

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