So my issue hasn’t arrived in the mail yet. However, I was searching online when I came across a file that contained every page of issue number 3. Needless to say, I couldn’t resist. I read it twice already so now, here is my review.
(Warning: This review is going to contain spoilers. Read this at your own risk.)
[spoiler]The action starts out with the kids really bonding with the neighbors: Violet romanticly and Dash more friendly. We see Violet kissing Xander Carson, the eldest child of the new neighbors, and Dash and Bart Carson, the youngest child of the new neighbors, spying on both of them with binoculars. You know how young kids are like when they see their older brother or sister kissing someone of the oppisite sex. This was done really well because it gives a reference to sibling relationships with other relationships. Well played and thought up. (I still wish it could’ve been Tony or even ME on the recieving end of Violet’s kiss)
Helen interrupts the boys’ fun and tells Bart to go home. If you look really closely, you may find a Pixar Feature Film Reference. Meanwhile, she then checks on her husband to see how he is doing. We see him in his den, reminising the times when he had the power, literally and figuratively. I noticed that the lighting in this entire sequence with Bob and Helen is well done. The room casts over a spotlight over Bob as he tries to figure out why or how he lost his powers. I love how Bob keeps a record of nearly every villain he has faced before. (Some incredibly clever ones I might add.) Poor Bob, I really feel for this guy.
The Incredibles are called to duty when faceless monsters with hammer arms start attacking a shopping mall. I like this because the monsters don’t look over-the-top so you can disregard them as a easy beating, but they are done just right so you are cheering for The Incredibles when they go fighting with them. The extra twist was the multiplication after sustaining an attack. After either Violet or Dash hits them, the monster would split into two.
Now the funny thing was that I found two similarities between the third issue on my TI fanfics. A friend asked me how would the Incredibles defeat a bad guy who has the ability to multiply himself. Now the way I solved it in my fanfic is different from the way Helen, Violet, and Dash solved it. However, their solution to defeat the monsters was a similar idea I wrote. In my first ever fanfic, Violet, and an original character of mine are attacked in a warehouse by a bunch or robots and the way Violet and my OC defeated them was just like the way they did in the comic: For a force field around the monsters, encapsulating them in a area and then shrink them down to size.
The ending of the battle scene was sweetened up perfectly when Dash was “muhahahaha”-ing like a villain would. THis was really funny, but what made it really good was Helen started to mildly scold him.
Soon after, Bob fiures out a probable cause of how he lost his powers: it was the food that the new neighbors have been giving them constantly. Well, Bob and Doc Sunbright start testing the food and sure enough, it is indeed poisonous, containing a chemical of some sort that neutralizes the powers of a SUper.
The ending is what really got me jumping out of my seat. It was a twist that I never saw coming. First off, at the last page, the Parrs are about to enter their home when we get an inside shot of the doorway with Helen, Dash, and Violet entering about to enter in, with the monsters leaned up against the sides of the doorway. This made me so scare of what will happen next.[/spoiler]
Overall, a great balance between super hero action and normal civilian/family humor. Emotional feelings and intensity. Once again, Mark Waid, the author stays true to the movie, characters, and plot. He really did his homework with the story. The artwork might look kinda funny due to TI is a 3D film transfered into a 2D medium, but the drawings of the characters really match up well. I really recommend this series and issue to comic fans, Pixar fans, and especially the Incredibles fans.
Now I would like to have a few speculations about the possible threat in the comic series.
Warning: This is going to contain spoilers again. Read at your own risk.
I have been looking over the pages again, and what struck me was Doc Sunbright’s anyalysis on the food, the monsters (who apperently are made up of yeast), and Jill’s baking goods. They all have some connection to a villain Helen named in one of the earlier pages of issue 3. She was named Organa, the “Criminal Mistress of Chemestry”. Now I am thinking that Jill Carson might be her and she wants her revenge against Helen because in the last page, Bob figured out that he was not the target in the first place, it was his wife.
Well, I’m done reviewing. Go buy it and enjoy it.