“MPH” #2 epitomizes Millar’s “sit back and enjoy the ride” style in more ways than one. After hilariously taking revenge on the thug that got him thrown in jail, Roscoe bestows the gift of MPH on his friends Chevy and Rosa and takes them on a lightspeed romp across the country. The gang discusses the ramifications and potential of their new powers in a way that feels honest and relatable. Millar showcases his ability to ground his characters in reality while living larger than life.
ART BY: Duncan Fegredo
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
Reviewed by Epic Switzer
When kids from the Slums get a hold of “MPH”, a drug that allows the user to stop time and move faster than light, they react expectedly; stealing, vandalizing, and taking revenge on their enemies. Roscoe hasn’t necessarily crossed the line, yet, but that idea is certainly something writer Mark Millar has planted in readers minds from the very beginning. How far will they take things? What will be the consequences? These questions will definitely motivate me to keep coming back for more “MPH.”
This book encourages us to have as much fun as the characters. At midpoint Roscoe and his friends have a tongue-in-cheek discussion challenging the physics that allow them to move as fast as they do while still being able to talk to each other. Roscoe literally tells Chevy to sit back and enjoy the ride. This isn’t that type of book, rather, this is a character driven story depicting the rise and (eventually) the fall of our heroes who started with nothing and now have the world at their fingertips.
For a five issue mini-series, it is essential to do all the setup as quickly as possible, and that’s exactly what Millar has done in the first two issues. Issue #3 will undoubtedly depict the trio at the height of their infamy before yanking the rug out from under them in what I’m hoping is a tight, satisfying, and sincerely worth reading series. It seems very likely “MPH” will be adapted into a feature as it is apparent how readily the story lends to the film format. Millar is a master of his craft.
The only thing that really hurts this book is the fact that the last page sting is almost exactly the same as the sting in the first issue. It may seem nitpicky, but it doesn’t do much to heighten the threat of the antagonist when we see basically the same scene play out. Still, a fun read in the “enjoy it for what it is” category and a potentially valuable title for you long box when “MPH” comes to a theater near you.