Afterward by Grant Morrison
Finished: Jan. 6, 2010
First Published: Oct. 2009
Genre: Graphic Novel, Superhero
Acquired: Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.
Reason for Reading: The publisher's plot synopsis grabbed me right away.
Comments: One day The Plutonium, a very powerful superhero turns evil and becomes the world's greatest super villain. He belonged to a group of superheroes, yet none of them came close to Plutonium's powers. Now The Plutonium is hunting them all down and killing them and their alter ego families. He has destroyed cities and is a heartless, ruthless killer. The story focuses on his remaining teammates as they try to piece together information about the man inside the costume, what made him turn, and how can they stop him, all while staying on the run as he tries to hunt them down.
This is a stunning story! It opens with a shocking sequence and the action never lets up. There are many layers to the story and this is truly a study in character. The Plutonium is presented as ultimate evil but as the reminiscences of the past Plutonium are brought forward we see the powerful superhero proud and good. We also see the little things and some larger things that happen in his life that aren't so nice, things that can build up and lay heavy on a guy. The old superhero Plutonium becomes a character the reader can relate to and feel for and yet it is gut-wrenchingly unsettling to see the atrocities he is now capable of.
The book does contain a lot of violence, not the blood and gore type but more along the disturbing death kind. The book is definitely not for the young or the squeamish. Since I'm neither I'm eagerly awaiting Vol. 2 which will be out this Spring.