The Imaginaries (2005 Series) #2
Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Lost and Found Part Two
Superhero G learns the ropes of the Imagined Nation.
Writers: Ben Avery & Mike S. Miller
Pencils: Mike S. Miller & Greg Titus
Colors: Lynx Studios & Greg Titus
Letters: Bill Tortolini
Editor: Mike S. Miller
Cover Art: Mike S. Miller & Greg Titus
Publisher: Image Comics/Alias Productions
The second issue in, I continue to find mmyself very impressed with Mike S. Miller’s newest Alias production, The Imaginaries. In the first issue we met Superhero G, the imaginary friend of a boy who outgrows him when his parents are divorced. G finds out the hard way what happens to discarded imaginary friends – they are cast to the Imagined Nation, a walled city where teddy bears rule with an iron fist and anyone who doesn’t comply is cast out into the sandy waste beyond the city, where they will be forgotten and eventually fade into nothing.
This issue we see more of the city, including the hierarchy of the imaginaries that exist there. The less well-thought out an imaginary friend is, the greater the likelihood that they will be considered a second-class citizen, something that doesn’t sit well with Superhero G at all. What’s more, we also get an explanation for why the teddy bears run the show. It seems like a goofy concept at first, something that the creator just conjured up because it’s such a bizarre idea, but as it turns out there’s actually a very good reason for the bears to hold the reigns of power.
We also see how the imaginaries cope with the world that cast them out through a kiosk that allows them to look into the “real” world at the humans that created, then abandoned them. As you can imagine, this is very much a double-edged sword, and creates great pain in some of the imaginaries even as they are unable to stop watching.
Superhero G is our star, our viewpoint character, but the book is less about him than it is about the world that Miller has created. The real drawing point here is seeing the different, bizarre creatures inhabiting this comic book, seeing how that world was pieced together from pieces of our own, and seeing how those two worlds relate to each other.
Miller and Titus do a nice tag-team job on the artwork, with one handling the real world and one handling the imagined nation. They’ve got great visuals on the various creations, especially the “Nazi Teddies.” The unusual juxtaposition of those elements is one of the things that really sells the comic book.
I’m enjoying it. I’m a fan. Can’t wait to see where it goes next.