Thoughts about #1.
The strange story of the town of Black Cross is still as mysterious as ever in this second issue of Warren Ellis’s intriguing revamp of the Project Superpowers characters that lets face it, not a lot of people actually give much of a toss about. Ellis seems only interested in using these characters to tell a story of something that’s not quite clear, even after this issue, but it’s such a skillfully constructed comic that it’s always going to make you turn the page.
As I’ve said in regards the previous issue, there’s a real Twin Peaks feel in this decidedly non-traditional superhero comic that I’m not sure actually is a superhero comic. All these FBI men dashing around drinking coffee in small towns does that, but Black Cross is something more than just a mystery. It’s a finely done issue that lures you into thinking there’s nothing superheroic going on til it unexpectedly comes.
I’m thoroughly enjoying Black Cross; something I didn’t think I would. A large part of this is obviously Ellis’s lovely writing but also the splendid art by Colton Warley that avoids virtually all superhero poses, cliches or anything that would mark this instantly as a superhero comic. That takes skill.
I’d recommend this over and over again. It’s simply a fantastic comic.