PRODIGY #6/ Writer: Mark Millar \ Artist: Rafael Albuquerque \ Letterer: Peter Doherty \ Colorist: Marcello Maiolo \ Publisher: Image Comics \ June 12, 2019
Mark Millar’s (Kick-Ass, Civil War) Prodigy has one of the coolest heroes in comics today, in Edison Crane. Take James Bond, sprinkle in Batman, make him an unparalleled genius and you have some idea of the kind of guy Edison is. And as it happens, he’s Black. Prodigy is skillfully drawn by the award winning Rafael Albuquerque (Blue Beetle, American Vampire).
In Prodigy, Edison Crane is one of the richest and smartest men in the world. He works on problems such as determining how to prevent an extinction level asteroid from hitting the Earth though it is seventeen years away; as a child, he performed successful open-heart surgery on his best friend (much to his parents’ dismay); he’s incredibly philanthropic, though his one flaw is that he’s quite the adrenaline junkie. This is illustrated in the very 1st issue, when he performs an incredible dangerous stunt just because a child asked him to. Edison’s confidence borders on arrogance, but his talent is undeniable.
The Story So Far
When vehicles begin appearing from another dimension, and occupying the same space as unwitting people (causing them to explode), Professor Crane is on the case. He finds out that a secret society has been working for millennia to fully open the gateway between universes, so Earth can be invaded and conquered. His travels have taken him from the Himalyas to the depths of the Indian Ocean, all the while with folks on his trail, trying kill him. The way he gets out of trouble is always novel. In one issue he talks a pair of henchmen out of killing him by psychoanalyzing them and convincing them to change their evil ways. He winds up employing them.
We’ve been following him in his quest for five issues and Prodigy #6 doesn’t disappoint. Edison finds himself betrayed by a friend and is now in the hands of the secret society, after they trick him into finding the last artifact they need to open the gateway. Now he has to figure out how to escape and stop the invasion. And to add insult to injury, Edison has recently found that that the extinction level asteroid will hit in Earth in two years not seventeen. How in the world is he going to get out of this? One thing is for sure, it’s going to be incredible.
Masters At Work
Mark Millar is a master at creating unique characters. Edison Crane is no exception. Millar also tells the story masterfully, with his signature over-the-top action. And what more can be said about Rafael Alburquerque’s artwork? He has a dynamic grasp of action sequences. He has an excellent talent for character expression. His panels have a striking aesthetic balance. And Marcelo Maiolo’s colors compliment Alburquerque’s work so well.
Honestly, I’m disappointed that this series is only running six issues. I would really have liked to see more. Though, fortunately, there has been talk that Prodigy is heading to Netflix, as a series, and I can’t wait to see what they do with it there.
The Verdict: 5 out of 5
Martin Reese is a writer and creator of innovative, dynamic sci-fi and fantasy projects for transmedia platforms. He is the author of the blog Martin’s Theory of Relativity where he discusses topics relevant to People of Color in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comics. He is also the author of the story book Mulogo and His Quintuple of Trouble.