What I thought of The Shrinking Man #1

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The Incredible Shrinking Man is one of my favourite bits of science fiction cinema when I was a kid. I simply loved the adaptation of writer Richard Matheson’s tale of a man who starts shrinking after a mysterious encounter with a strange cloud at sea. This adaptation published by IDW, written by Ted Adams and drawn by Mark Torres has this glorious bit of copy to advertise it…

Richard Matheson’s exploration of shrinking manhood is brought to vivid life in this comic-book adaptation! Scott Carey, reducing 1/7″ per day, faces tension big and small as his body continues to shrink away…

I’m sure there’s many a bloke that’s suffered from shrinking manhood at some point in their lives…

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As for the adaptation Adams choose to flick between first contact with the mysterious cloud and our hero, Scott, fight with the spider later on when he’d less than an inch high. It’s also still a period piece set in America in the 1950’s rather than having it updated which would have been easy to do but bloody obvious. This framework though means the story picks up pace from the off so it’s not as slow as the film would be to a modern audience, as instead the reader is captured and gets whats going on even if they’re unaware of the film or story this comic comes from.

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As for the art, Mark Torres does a fantastic job with all the stuff where Scott is struggling to survive at his inch high level, and also the more realistic scenes where he and his wife try to work out what’s going on and what they can both do with on scene with Scott and his wife trying to make love being handled smartly and intelligently.

All in all I was quite prepared to hate The Shrinking Man, but it’s a pleasant surprise to be proven wrong and this so far, is a smart little adaptation of a classic story of one man’s shrinking manhood….

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