Reviewer: Ian Mintz
Publisher: WildStorm (DC Comics)
Writer: Erich Hoeber
Artist: Diego Olmos
Story: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Genre: Comic Book
Release Date: Available Now
Call me a conspiracy nut but I believe the numerous theories that the United States military has been attempting to create the perfect solider are true. Imagine a soldier who is skilled enough to carry out any and all missions without ever questioning an order. What if the project was a success and the solider in question was just too good that he becomes a threat to everyone? This is what we get in Red: Marvin, a story that introduces us to an operative who proves that perfect isn’t often a good thing.
As part of a special series of comics that serve as an introduction to the characters of Red, the Marvin Special recounts the beginning of one operative’s dangerous slide into paranoia. Then again, Marvin has every right to wary. You see, Marvin is the type of operative that sets out to accomplish a mission without questioning orders … even if said mission makes no sense whatsoever such as the mission breaking into a building with high security for a mere pen.
While he silently wonders what’s so special about the pen, Marvin notices a crack in the ceiling with what looks like a camera lens. Instantly, Marvin’s mind begins to work overtime as he tears up the place looking for more surveillance equipment. He finds camera everywhere as well as microphones and the toilet contains a small hose that leads to a bottle with his name on it. Who is spying on him and going as far as collecting his urine? Even his cereal has been tampered with so his first objective is to find out who is behind this.
Immediately, Marvin notices that there are eyes on him on the streets but Marvin is not only able to lose them but also trail an obvious operative to a secret hideout. So, late at night, Marvin takes a look at a few files that concern him and an experimental program. Perahps that’s why he starts hallucinating, seeing everything from spiders to dead targets he had killed.
So begins Marvin’s mission for revenge but when Frank Moses (see our review for Red: Frank) shows up at the door, Marvin isn’t sure if his old friend is here for a social visit or to kill him. A misunderstanding – thanks to paranoia as well as the aftereffects of the experiment – Marvin does something rash. In fact, he also sets his revenge in motion.
Marvin’s tale is certainly a memorable one with the interesting part being the program that Marvin is unsuspectingly a part of and the results that led to his delusional behavior that made him do what he did to Frank. It’s a nicely written story and with great art from Diego Olmos.
The Marvin Special of Red is refreshingly fun and crazy just like the character and this makes it a comic you will certainly enjoy from start to finish. Thanks to some great writing and wonderful art, we feel Marvin’s paranoia and relish the twisted road to revenge he takes. I highly recommend you pick this one up.
COMIC REVOLUTION RATING BREAKDOWN
Marvin is the type of operative that carries out his mission no matter what but, when he discovers surveillance equipment in his hideout, he becomes a dangerous paranoid weapon of destruction as he trails those responsible for keeping a tab on him. What he discovers is shocking as he can no longer tell friend from foe.
Watching Marvin’s descent into paranoid madness is half the fun of this story and Diego Olmos does a great job with the visuals.
Marvin is, by far, one of the more original and delightfully demented characters in Red and it’s great to see him in his early days in the Marvin Special of Red. Funny and delightfully crazy, the story is a treat to read even if you’re not familiar with the series. This is a comic well worth picking up, trust me.
Review copy provided by WildStorm (DC Comics)