The Incredibles: Family Matters #2
Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Family Matters Part 2
Mr. Incredible’s powers continue to fade.
Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Marcio Takara
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Jose Macasocol, Jr.
Editor: Paul Morrissey
Cover Art: Marcio Takara
Publisher: Boom! Kids
Last issue Mr. Incredible came to the harsh realization that his powers were fading. This issue, as he and Frozone try to get to the bottom of his power loss, he begins hiding his new secret from his family. Meanwhile, the whole Parr family is growing closer to their new next door neighbors – and nobody moreso than their daughter, Violet.
The wonderful sense of fun that Mark Waid created with the first issue continues this month. Although Bob’s efforts to hide his secret are a little evocative of the plot of the movie, there are enough new twists to make this story feel very fresh. Waid has added some new characters and toys to the Incredibles universe that all work well, fitting and expanding on the existing mythology very nicely.
The trick with these characters really is to find a new kind of story to tell with them that doesn’t come across as derivative of the movie or the thousands of superheroes that inspired the Incredibles in the first place. Sure, we’ve seen the superhero losing his powers before. Sure, we’ve seen the superhero keeping secrets from his family. But the chemistry here, the combining of those elements with these characters, makes it seem like something totally new. Plus, the subplot with the neighbors continues to tug at you, making you wonder just what’s up with them. Maybe it’s just paranoia from years of reading comics, but it’s almost impossible to believe there isn’t more to them than meets the eye.
Takara’s artwork is fantastic. He’s got a look that works perfectly with the animated model, and Andrew Dalhouse’s colors compliment the line art very well. It’s a wonderful package and adds to a very entertaining line of comics.