ClanDestine (2008 Series) #1
Quick Rating: Good
The return of the ClanDestine!
Writer: Alan Davis
Pencils: Alan Davis
Inks: Mark Farmer
Colors: SotoColor’s J. Brown
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Alan Davis & Mark Farmer
Publisher: Marvel Comics
I’m pretty sure that ClanDestine is a revival of an old Marvel UK series by Alan Davis, but I never read it, don’t know if this is a reboot or simply a relaunch, and for that matter, don’t know anything about the original. But looking at this as though it were a brand-new property, I must say, it’s pretty good.
ClanDestine is the story of the Destine family, including a pair of immortal parents and many, many mortal (but immensely powerful) offspring, forced to live their lives in secret. (Get it? Secret? Family? “Clan”Destine? It’s a pun!) Adam Destine has managed to keep him immortality a secret for centuries now, even as many of his children have attempted pursuing rather high-profile careers, especially the youngest twins, who thirst to be superheroes. Of course, as long as they’ve been around, it’s inevitable that someone, somehow, will stumble on their secret.
Even though I know the original ClanDestine precedes it, I can’t help but get a Noble Causes vibe from this title – a large cast, all family, with incredible superpowers, trying to hide a variety of secrets. I don’t mean this as a criticism, mind you, but more like a recommendation – if you like Noble Causes (and you should) you’ll likely enjoy the way this story is told, too.
Then there’s the fact that Alan Davis and Mark Farmer are doing the artwork, which means that even if the script was written by a three-fingered monkey at a typewriter, it’ll look great. This is no exception – although Adam Destine looks a little too much like Captain Britain, that’s probably just because I got so used to Davis’s interpretation of the character. The designs are good and pretty classic-looking, and the kids look like teenagers and not just short adults, a flaw of far too many artists.
This is a pretty good beginning to the miniseries.