Review: “Translucid” #4

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“Translucid” #4 tones it down this week in a slower, more existential issue, letting us get more intimate with Cornelius/Navigator and how he deals with the loss of life under very different circumstances. At this point, its been pretty well established that Cornelius and The Navigator are one and the same. Cornelius’s story chronicles his journey to become the super hero, The Navigator, while Navigator’s seems to chronicle his fall from grace into darkness.

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WRITTEN BY: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
ART BY: Daniel Bayliss
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: July 16, 2014

Reviewed By Torbin Chimners

Cornelius continues to deal with his troubles in a vivid fantasy dream world apart from reality, gaining closure in the way only a child can. With the way his home life is progressing further into decay, how can you blame him? The loss of his brother, who was his abusive fathers favorite son, has brought a tremendous amount of blame down on poor Cornelius. His father hated him before and now he’s twisted the tragic loss into another reason to belittle and neglect his remaining son. Cornelius’s meek mother, unable to cope with Drake’s passing is also taking her grief out on him. Things are looking grim; this is the kind of foundation that can build a hero, super or not.

In contrast to having a life taken away, The Navigator is dealing with the fact that he took an innocent life. It my have been a mistake, an accident, but that does not lessen the action. All life should be sacred to a super hero; if it’s not, then they’re no hero. Navigator speaks aloud to himself, trying to work his way through what has occurred and if he even deserves or wants to be a hero anymore. It’s another awesome example of the originality of this book. You rarely, if ever, see someone like Batman or Spider-Man sit down and try to talk themselves through a terrible mistake. They swing around a city all majestic and broody with an inner monologue that only we see.

The Cornelius/Navigator dominated issue of Translucid this month took its time and it really paid off in spades. The Navigator section of this issue was the definite highlight, his existential crisis and incredibly human response to failure were expertly handled. Super heroes all too often feel like enormous figures, almost godlike, but in most cases they are still just people, human beings like you and me. The Navigator is an incredibly flawed and sympathetic character who I can’t help but be astonished by. I can’t wait to see what next months penultimate issue holds.

 

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus 

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