Review: ‘Brain Boy’ #3

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Brain Boy? What’s that? I had no idea and I’m glad I found out. The latest and greatest recreation from the creators of uber-entertaining stories like Incredible Hercules and dynamic artwork from Superboy bring us “Brain Boy” #3. What’s the world’s most powerful telepath to do? Let’s find out, shall we?

WRITTEN BY: Fred Van Lente
ART BY: R.B. Silva
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: November 20, 2013

Brain Boy is Matt Price. He hates being called Brain Boy. He’s the dominant mind on this globe and he uses that to protect national security interests. He’s been tasked with protecting a foreign dignitary who is also psychically powered. That’s as recap as I can get as I’m also guilty of just catching up with this fun and energetic series.

This creative team really excels at pace and scale. Writer Fred Van Lente knows when to slow things down and when to blow things up. The UN mob jumping into the river for a murderous swim is a nice example. Artist R.B. Sillva with inker Rob Lean and superb coloring by Ego really make this book pop off the page. It almost looks cartoonish but it’s much cooler than that. Trust me, this is worth picking up and reading a few times. The details are right where they need to be. Silva doesn’t over-do it anywhere. He has a great sense of direction and controlling exactly where your eyeballs should be looking next.

The creativity seems to know now bounds in this series. Psychic-proof-suited femme fatales? A handler / mother figure who gets to be experimented on in super bizarre ways? Who do you trust? What happened to Brain Boy’s parents? It’s all in there. Plus, there’s green slime. What more could you ask for? Brain Boy jumped right into the action and hasn’t stopped since the first issue. Catch up if you can on this title and you won’t regret it. It will make your brain happy.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady