Written by Frank J. Barbiere
Illustrated by Victor Santos
Published by Boom! Studios
Release Date: 07/16/2014
Out this week from Boom! Studios comes Black Market #1, the new four-part mini-series from writer Frank J. Barbiere (Five Ghosts, White Suits) and artist Victor Santos (Polar, Mice Templar). In a world that includes every day average heroes like policemen, firefighters, relief workers, and our friends and neighbors, it was the dawn of the new heroes, or the “Supers” as they are referred to that changed the world forever.
The story chronicles the life of Raymond Willis, an anatomic genius and former law enforcement medical examiner who now spends his days working as a mortician at a local funeral home. Down on his luck and struggling financially, Ray must also care for his wife Shannon who has been diagnosed with MS. Things start getting interesting when his brother Denny returns after being from prison and presents him with an opportunity to not only make a difference, but help his wife at the same time.
The plan involves BIOCHEM, a pharmaceutical company that is funded by a legally sanctioned government program that has recruited Ray’s brother (Denny) and involves obtaining the DNA of superheroes and using it as an antidote for diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis. With his knowledge and expertise of the human body, Denny sees Ray as a perfect fit to join this team. What transpires at the end of this issue may not exactly have been what Ray originally set out to do.
I’ve always been a fan of Barbiere, enjoying his work on both ‘White Suits’ and ‘Fives Ghosts’. Black Market might be his best work yet as he methodically and impeccably sets up this world with a back story that elucidates the premise for this series. Victor Santos brings a distinct style with his illustrations that are incredibly detailed, placing emphasis on the characters by articulating their appearance in an impressively vivid fashion, supported nicely by the dazzling colors of Adam Metcalfe.
Black Market #1 is more than just another unique take on the superhero genre. It is also a personal story that is bound by emotion, intrigue, and uncertainty as we venture to find out exactly how far down a dark path a man might travel for love and perhaps the greater good of humanity.
REVIEW: BLACK MARKET #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Fantastic first issue from this creative team with incredible potential.
Story not exactly original and confined to four issues.