Graphic Novel Review | The Last of the Greats Vol. 1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov
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The Last of the Greats, Volume 1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrator: Brent Peeples
Published by: Image Comics on April 3rd 2012
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Action, Superheroes
Source: ARC From Publisher
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
MEET THE LAST -- He's mankind's last hope and he HATES us! As the Earth stands on the brink of annihilation we must beg the last survivor of a family of superheroes to put aside his hatred and save our butts. From the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated writer of "Echoes," " Tumor," and "I, Vampire "comes the complete first volume of the critically-acclaimed vision of Super Heroes for the 21st century.
And no I don’t mean that necessarily in a good way. I have very mixed feelings about this graphic novel. The Last of the Greats was a very bizarre read, and deeply disturbing. I am no stranger to weird; in fact I love things that are a little bit out of the ordinary. I find it to be very refreshing and most of the time it puts me on the path to new authors, and artists (see my review of Carnal).
Most of the time…
The story begins with humanity on the brink of destruction by an alien invasion. The second-to-last Great, or superhero/God, has died and a group of humans travel to Antarctica to convince the last Great to defend them. After a lot of violence, the Great decides to help him on the condition that humans surrender themselves to him completely, by worshiping him and giving up all of their weapons. The beginning narrative had me hooked and flipping pages like crazy. However, the deeper I swam inside the graphic novel, the more extreme it became. At one point I was watching the Great kill an innocent child, then work his magic to seduce Oprah, and the next I was watching him rip off his skin to become another Great. There is also a very disturbing intimate scene between the two main characters. Like I said, it’s all over the place. Despite not falling in love with the overall story, I did like it. I also enjoyed the vibrant artwork, and towards the end we are introduced to a kick-A$$ little girl. And even though it was over-the-top and I was a little disconcerted by some of the things that happened in the story, it was still entertaining.
Overall, The Last of the Greats is a graphic novel about a superhero/God with no humanity who does things for his own personal gain no matter who he must kill in the process. I’m still not sure if I will read the next issue, however I do recommend it to those of you who like something that is different, very different.
Recommendation: Due to the graphic nature of this comic (nudity, violence, strong language), NOT recommended for anyone under 18.