REVIEW CORNER: The Somewhat Incredible Jackie-Boy Man # 1

The Somewhat Incredible Jackie-Boy Man # 1
Writer: James Asmus
Artist: Megan Huang
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Date: May 2024
This week, I will look at “The Somewhat Incredible Jackie-Boy Man # 1” a new series from Bad Egg Publishing that’s part of the Altrverse, a creation of YouTuber Sean McLoughlin aka Jackseptieye. Inspired by the kinds of heroes from his favorite comics, anime, and video games, Jackie is a guy who, after moving to Boston, MA, has no friends and constantly strikes out at his job as a delivery boy, but a sudden lab accident turns him into the real-life superhero he always wanted to be in an otherwise ordinary world. A premise such as this one may sound familiar since it’s been done so many times yet falls short of executing when you read the final product. The direction of writer James Asmus, brings a realness to Jackie’s characterization, making him the type of character that represents anyone who tries to find their own way in life while showing that they can dig deep inside to find the courage to do so that I feel is very uplifting but at the same time, Asmus adds some charm and dramatization to make this a superhero story worth reading; It’s also worth noting that Jackie’s self-doubt in his first outing as a superhero never gets annoying but conveys the need to use his new powers to do well no matter how bad things get in his life; Megan Huang’s artwork brings with it a great dose of style and substance that radiates on every page while showing what a strong collaborator she is and adds many bright elements to Asmus’s script.

The Somewhat Incredible Jackie-Boy Man has plenty of heart that pays tribute to the average everyman while giving the world a new but unique hero for the modern-day world that makes this the perfect jump-off point for The Altrverse and this universe looks bright thanks to titles such as this one.

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

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