Comic Book Reviews: The Hypernaturals

Comic Book Reviews: The Hyper­nat­u­rals

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s The Hyper­nat­u­rals deserved a longer run than the 12 issues it got. On the plus side however, those 12 issues essen­tially tell a single story so the result is a maxi-series.

To put this comic in context, thing Legion of Super­heroes only with a bit more edge and just a more modern feel to it. I’m gener­al­is­ing of course but it will give you the general feel and it’s an appro­pri­ate compar­i­son given that DnA did write Legion of Super­heroes for a while.

It’s a great mix of super­heroics and sci-fi concepts. I don’t think any of the indi­vid­ual elements could really be called new, but the result­ing blend is certainly fresh enough.

As well as the ongo­ing story arc which features a patched together Hyper­nat­u­rals team (after the current team goes miss­ing) we also get frequent flash­backs to previ­ous incar­na­tions of the team.

You’ll find many famil­iar arche­types amongst the cast like a speed­ster, super intel­li­gent char­ac­ter, strong guy etc. but over the course of the issues the person­al­i­ties grad­u­ally domi­nate over the powers.

Prob­a­bly the most inter­est­ing char­ac­ter though (as is so often the case) is the villain of the piece, Sublime. Not only does he have a rather creepy design (see the picture below) but beyond being kinda crazy he does actu­ally have a reason for his actions. Some­thing that we grad­u­ally find out more about as the story devel­ops.

In terms of art, to be honest I don’t have that much to say. His work here is solid enough but doesn’t stray from the aver­age super­heroic style and drifts a little towards cheese­cake at times. It’s fine, but I didn’t come back for the artwork. It was the story that sold me on this partic­u­lar book.

If you liked Abnett and Lanning’s work on Legion or the Marvel cosmic titles I think you’ll enjoy this too.

The series has been released as three trade paper­backs, and given that it’s really one big story I’d recom­mend getting them all.

The Hyper­nat­u­rals Vol 1 — http://​amzn​.to/​R​i​d​Tsj
The Hyper­nat­u­rals Vol 2 — http://​amzn​.to/​1​f​5​p​2lb
The Hyper­nat­u­rals Vol 3 — http://​amzn​.to/​N​j​z​8Zu

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