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.