REVIEW CORNER: The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos # 1

The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos # 1 (2023)
Script: Tate Brombal
(Based on an idea by James Tynion IV)
Artist: Issac Goodhart
Colorist: Miguel Muerto
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

This week, I’ll take a look at “The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos # 1” via Dark Horse Comics, a new series from the mind of James Tynion IV which is a Sci-Fi coming-of-age story that teeters more on the dark side while giving us a glimpse of what happens when having too much intelligence can be dangerous.

Christopher Chaos (This DEFINITELY sounds like a name that a character from “The Simpsons” would have) is not your typical mad scientist/teenage outcast. His mind pushes him to boundaries that most people with the highest IQ would never dare go. This causes everyone he knows to stay away from him to where it brings great pain for him and his life things take a dark and tragic turn as Hayden Kennedy, the guy he has a crush on not only turns out to be a werewolf, but he ends up getting killed in front of Christopher……. can’t get any worse than that!

This title is Doom Patrol meets Invincible which I feel makes this series more interesting. I enjoy how Christopher’s backstory unfolded within the first few pages (Told from his point of view) as we witness the numerous tragedies he had to endure growing up, so we get a good understanding of who he is and what’s really appealing about this comic is how every aspect of Christopher’s life gets darker and sadder. That being said, I feel it will take a few issues before he finds some peace in his abilities. Tate Brombal, working off James Tynion IV’s idea, really amps up the drama to where it doesn’t feel like a “Twilight” rip-off (Quite frankly, this issue is more creative than that franchise) but it gradually embraces the odd factors within this story; Issac Goodhart’s art has that Mike Allred influence to it that makes it feel moody and that’s the atmosphere he captures with ease. Yes, this is an LGBTQ+ horror/sci-fi story that never panders to its audience (Looking at you, Marvel, and DC) but really brings a sense of shock and intrigue that not only sets things off to a great start, but will keep you waiting for the second issue to see what else happens, and it looks like Tynion has another winner on his hands.

Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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