Review: Propeller #1 – A New Kind Of Super Human
If you’re outside of the “Big Two”, writing super powered humans can be a tough hill to climb. “Propeller” doesn’t aim to reinvent what super powers are but it does offer a new look at them and the complications that come through a very human character.
Rex is the son of a deceased rich man. At this point he’s almost broke aside from the power bracelets he has. “Propeller” #1 opens with Rex at a bank getting way in over his head and garnering the attention of someone that he could do without. His one and only friend Hud is at a crossroads himself as he’s been wrapped up in all this and like any normal person, has to decide how much more he can take.
“Propeller” #1 is a really strong debut. This is not like anything you’ve read before thanks to the human quality of this story. The super powers are secondary to this story. Rex is a very strong protagonist. He rides the line of good and bad. He’s selfish but there’s more to him. As great as a character as Superman is, I’ve never found him to be very realistic. Humans are complicated and nuanced. Things are not always black and white. Rex is exactly that. He’s not really a terrible person, he’s just misguided. He has the same kind of desires as any typical person and uses his powers to get to that end. However it must be stressed that it’s selfish and not evil. I like that writer Ricardo Mo is examining this from this perspective because it makes “Propeller” one of the most authentic superhero stories of the year.
Hud is developed just as well. He’s not a sidekick. He has his own problems and his own issues but is almost dependent on this friendship with Rex. He reminds me of many recent versions of Dr. John Watson. He hangs around Sherlock Holmes because he’s wrapped up in his life and adventures. It gives him more excitement despite the damage it does to the other aspects of his life. You sympathize with Hud but at the same time don’t and it makes him a complicated character like Rex.
Alberto Muriel does an amazing job on art. Every character is so expressive. No one expression looks the same which brings a new level of reality to this series. Muriel does a really great job in the first few pages of “Propeller” #1 with the action in the bank. It’s a beautiful, action packed scene where no details are left out. Rex’s body language is really on point in this part of the comic because it helps establish who he is as a character. The lack of color may be something someone will complain about but I think it establishes the perfect tone. It also shows off the penciling even more and with Muriel doing such great things here that’s a benefit.
“Propeller” #1 is a strong comic book that deserves your attention. Mo and Muriel are doing something special here that with an only $0.99 price tag cannot be missed.