One Month to Live #1: Marvel Universe vs. Mortality
Posted September 1, 2010on:
Comic books are full of characters getting second and third chances. Resurrection, redemption, time travel, and deals with the devil are so commonplace that superpowers might just as well come with a big undo button.
Dennis Sykes isn’t so lucky. He works a soul-crushing job as a banker, only to come home to his wife and unappreciative adopted niece. After a horrific accident involving some medical waste (seriously, it’s pretty fucked up), Dennis is informed by Reed Richards that he has developed some sort of super-cancer and has only one month to live. Also, he has developed the power to reshape matter. So, what do you do when you’re suddenly both one of the most powerful men in the world and being forced to come to terms with your own mortality? Do you spend all your time running around bettering the world or spending it with your loved ones?
This is the question posed by One Month to Live (or 1 Month 2 Live), written by Rick Remender (Punisher War Journal, XXXombies) with help from John Ostrander, Stuart Moore, and Rob Williams and gorgeously drawn by Andrea Mutti (The Executor, Marvel Zombies Return). Seriously, Mutti is an artist to keep an eye on. He seems to have a knack for drawing a wide range of emotions, as Dennis pretty much goes through every one imaginable. Plus, as it’s a weekly five-issue limited series, it really lets you know exactly how finite Dennis’ time really is, as the book ends when he does.
It’s been a while since we’ve recommended a drink to go with a comic, but in this case it’s warranted. Get your hands on some Duggan’s Dew scotch and drink it straight. It’s cheap, it’s strong, and I can guarantee, you’ll pretty much need it.