Advanced Review: The Incredibles: Family Matters #2

Incredibles Family Matters #2 (of 4)

Note: The Incredibles: Family Matters #2 arrives in stores tomorrow, May 20.

So, The Incredibles are basically a Fantastic Four rip-off, right? Well, the one Incredibles movie was better than both Fantastic Four movies. I’m not sure why they never made an Incredibles sequel, but now, in comic form, through the eyes of Mark Waid and Marcio Takara, we finally get our Incredibles sequel.

Continuing the “rip-off” theme, the main plot is something you’ve probably heard of before. Mr. Incredible is losing his powers. Again, just like in the movie, the lack of originality doesn’t hinder the quality much. Because honestly, when I’m reading an Incredibles comic, I’m not looking for a medium-changing Watchmen, I’m just looking for a good time.

Mark Waid’s story is entertaining enough. He realizes that the best parts of the movie weren’t the battles, but the superhero antics. And thankfully, we’re treated to plenty of that. Since Mr. Incredible is losing his powers, you can expect plenty of events to showcase his shortcomings. My favorite involves a friendly game of basketball with a neighbor. I would think it’d be a relief to actually lose for once in your life. Then again, winning is fun.

Marcio Takara handles the art chores. His work isn’t anything to write home about, but he certainly gets the job done. His work is consistent and he captures the spirit of the lovable family. His strength, like Waid’s writing, lies in the comedic antics.

Probably the book’s biggest fault is the absence of the colorful voices belonging to Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson, but, since this is a comic, I’m not too upset. If you’re looking for a fun book that the kids and you can enjoy, or if you’re just a big Incredibles fan, this is definitely worth your time.

Grade: B-

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17 Responses to Advanced Review: The Incredibles: Family Matters #2

  1. dclebeau says:

    I’m glad you wrote this up. I’m a huge Disney fan. I follow Disney even more closely than I do comics these days.

    To answer your question about an Incredibles sequel, it’s all depended on one guy. Director Brad Bird has said he wants to do an Incredibles sequel and he has some ideas. But he hasn’t worked them out to his satisfaction yet.

    Part of the delay is that Bird is working on a live-action disaster pic. It’s kind of his Titanic. He’s very passionate about it. But it’s expensive and risky, so it is taking a long time to develop. Incredibles 2 won’t happen until he finishes this project. And even after that, it’ll take a while before he’s completely satisfied.

  2. brucecastle says:

    That’s too bad. Samuel L. Jackson is 60, Craig T. Nelson is 65, and Holly Hunter is 51, so Bird better not wait too long or their voices will change! Or, um, death.

    So, yeah, you may want to give this book a shot. It is Mark Waid, and he’s cool.

  3. brucecastle says:

    Oh, and you follow Disney over comics? What’s wrong with you?

    I am looking forward to “Up.” Pixar can do no wrong.

    And check my Top Ten Films of 2008 list! A Disney film is on there.

  4. dclebeau says:

    Okay, since you asked, here’s what’s wrong with me.

    I used to hate Disney. I spent a lot of years as a movie theater manager and they were a pain to deal with. But, I married a Mickey Mouse fan. My wife had never been to Walt Disney World, so I decided to take her there for our honeymoon. I didn’t realy want to go, but I figured she’d love it. As it turns out, I loved it. She kind of liked it.

    Little by little, my interest in the company grew beyond the theme parks. They have an fascinating history. Walt was a genuine genius. The kind you don’t see very often. And he had such an undeniable impact on pop culture. And then you get into the tumultous Eisner years and Pixar’s history. There’s just so much to be interested in.

    “Up” looks great. Pixar has the best track record of any studio in Hollywood. I keep wondering when they will stumble, but it has yet to really happen. Although, I do think they are overexposing the Pixar properties at my beloved theme parks.

    Sorry, I could go on all day. I’ll spare you unless you ask for more.

  5. brucecastle says:

    I love “Fantasia.”

    Talk about history, it was a huge bomb. Disney had theatres pay to install Fantasound, our first introduction to multi-channel sound. It had a huge budget, and nobody saw the thing. Not until the 60′s when druggies loved it.

    But it’s beautiful! It was top of its class in animation and sound, and I believe it inspired the classical music/cartoons combination that continued for decades.

    What a beautiful film!

  6. dclebeau says:

    Did you get to see it on the big screen last time they re-released it? Amazing.

    Disney actually had a lot of bombs that people now consider classics. Walt liked to take big gambles. There were a few times he nearly bankrupt the company. If it hadn’t been for the success of Cinderella, there probably wouldn’t be a Walt Disney Co as we know it.

    Like I said before, there are so many fascinating stories. From the animated features to the theme parks to TV. And then all of the “behind the scenes” politics. And Walt himself was just such an amazing characters. It took years, but I got completely sucked in.

    On the other hand, comic books seem pretty intent on driving me out. A few months ago, I seriously considered just walking away. It will probably happen someday. But I’ll go to Disney World until I am physically unable.

  7. brucecastle says:

    How could you walk away from comics? You need to find something to love, man.

    Even if I was broken and homeless, I’d find a way to continue reading Grant Morrison. I love that Scot. Oh, and I’d try to keep reading Walking Dead, if I could.

  8. dclebeau says:

    With two kids, I have trouble finding time to read them. Money’s a factor. There are other things that cost less that I enjoy just as much or more. Frankly, it’s hard for me to to justify reading comics these days. So, I’ve tightened my belt. But I fully expect the day will come when I’ll just stop reading.

    DC has frustrated me a lot lately. Marvel chased me off the couple of books I was reading. Mainstream super hero comics are moving in a direction I don’t care for. I could move on to other stuff, but really, movies, books and TV do that stuff just as well if not better.

    So, yeah. I came real close to just giving it all up recently. That day will probably come eventually.

  9. brucecastle says:

    What? Movies, books, and TV cost money too.

    What do you enjoy more that costs less (Sex doesn’t count)? Comics are three dollars. What the hell costs under three dollars? Pencils? Candy?

    It’s a really, really close call between Movies and Comics, but I think Comics are the best medium. It’s one of the few places where you can enjoy art. You have almost complete freedom. The possibilities are endless.

    C’mon. You know you can’t go a month without hearing about how cool Hal is.

  10. dclebeau says:

    TV’s free. We have a great library. That means free books and movies. I built up a pretty respectable DVD library too. Oh, and our satellite carries TMC and IFC which often show really great movies uncut and uniterrupted.

    I rarely actually shell out for a new movie at the theater. But if you go to a matinee, that’s $5-6 for two hours of entertainment. A comic is $3-4 for about 15 minutes of entertainment. (And $4 comics will be the standard sooner rather than later.)

    Heck, video games offer more bang for my entertainment buck. It’s really hard for me to think of any medium that offer less enterainment hours for the dollar.

  11. brucecastle says:

    Well, you’re paying for art. Support artists, dick.

    You can look at great art for hours! Face!

  12. dclebeau says:

    Ah, but there is art everywhere. (We have an excellent art museum as well.)

    Comic book art just costs more per minute.

    And, sure, I could stare at comic book art for hours. But I would not find that remotely entertaining. I read comics for the story. The art either enhances or detracts from the story. But I will rarely read or drop a book solely on the basis of the art.

    Looking at things from a purely practical stand point, out of all of my entertainment expenditures, comic books are the least efficient way for me to spend my entertainment dollar. (I’m sure there are more inefficient ways out there. They just aren’t choices I currently make.) So talking dollars and cents, comic books are perpetually on the chopping block.

    It doesn’t help that mainstream super hero comics keep moving away from the characters and stories I prefer.

    But at the end of the day, DC won’t miss me. We had a good run. Hopefully, they’ve cultivated new readers to replace me when I go. It’s the circle of life… (to bring this back to Disney for a minute)

  13. brucecastle says:

    “And, sure, I could stare at comic book art for hours. But I would not find that remotely entertaining. I read comics for the story. The art either enhances or detracts from the story. But I will rarely read or drop a book solely on the basis of the art.”

    Oh, I know. I’m the same way. Thankfully, most of the stuff I read has great art. Maybe I just love art.

    I’m in the middle of rereading Seven Soldiers. All eight artists on those books are guys I like.

    JH Williams III
    Ryan Sook
    Frazier Irving
    Simone Bianchi
    Cameron Stewart
    Freddie Williams II
    Yanick Paquette
    Doug Mahnke

    Oh, sure, I like some better than others, but that’s a pretty sweet list right there. I’m hoping Multiversity is similiar.

  14. dclebeau says:

    Yeah, it’s hard to beat Seven Soldiers. It was a better “event” than Final Crisis. (It helps that it was self-contained.)

    If Multiversity can be on the same level as Seven Soldiers, I’ll be a happy reader.

  15. brucecastle says:

    “Yeah, it’s hard to beat Seven Soldiers. It was a better “event” than Final Crisis. (It helps that it was self-contained.)”

    Ooh, I don’t know about that. I have a profound connection with Final Crisis, like Green Lantern. Maybe it’s more gas.

    Seven Soldiers wasn’t totally self-contained. That three-part JLA Classified story was the prequel.

    I think, considering all the deadlines, pressure, and hype that FC had to deal with, and SS didn’t, FC is more admirable. But I do love Seven Soldiers.

    “If Multiversity can be on the same level as Seven Soldiers, I’ll be a happy reader.”

    Won’t we all? No. A lot of people haven’t even read SS. It’s from that lunatic, Grant Morrison.

  16. dclebeau says:

    For me, Seven Soldiers just got better with time.

    While I enjoy Final Crisis, I think it suffered from being shoe-horned into mainstream continuity. As an “event” it disappointed. And you get stuff like Didio reversing the Aquaman return and the Hawk deaths. I can fully understand why a lot of people hated it.

    To tell the truth, I didn’t read 7S when it came out. I picked it up later in trade.

  17. brucecastle says:

    But they always do that to Morrison. Morrison creates, and it gets washed away. Morrison even made a point of that in Final Crisis.

    Stories were sucked up by Mandrakk, or Dan DiDio.

    Seven Soldiers was original and entertianing. Final Crisis was that, plus the summation of Morrison’s entire career. Just about all his previous DC books were in their in one way or another, in addition to a commentary on the idea of a “story.”

    Superman writing “To Be Continued” on that tombstone was one of the best last pages ever. It’s easy to say that just Superman Beyond was the best, but that is part of Final Crisis as a whole.

    I’m glad DC is packaging everything, except those two Batman issues, into one package. I’ll try to wait for an absolute edition.

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