Greg Salinger is a psychotherapist working in Queens, you know, the new Brooklyn (apparently). However, he wasn’t always this successful career man. He was once Foolkiller, murderous vigilante out to…well, kill fools. That is, until he gave himself up to S.H.I.E.L.D. His first real patient is Rodney, a young version of Red Skull. When Rodney gives Greg an emergency call, the doctor rushes to him—not forgetting his “man purse,” which carries something very significant from his past that will prove helpful at the end of the issue.
Writer Max Bemis uses a lot of effective literary techniques to write this script. For example, the “man purse” is brought up in the very first line of the book as a caption box. It creates some really effective foreshadowing for the end of the issue. Not to mention young Rodney has turned Red Skull into Red Face, as he always has blood caked on his face. A little weird, but that’s the point.
I wouldn’t think that Foolkiller would have his own series, but given his connection with Deadpool and the Mercs for Money, it makes sense the more I think about it. I’m actually really fond of villains’ series. It’s different than what we’re used to seeing, and I am down for anything that breaks the mainstream.
Bemis’ writing is phenomenal, from pacing to caption boxes to narration to the clever handling of the psychotherapist’s own psyche. Small inclusions of cunning details make the script a lot more vibrant, like Greg’s “Weezer” glasses and his knockoff cosmic cube. We’ve got a pretty solid protagonist who will make for a very interesting character to follow through what I’m willing to bet is going to be an insanely entertaining series.
Talajic’s pencils perfectly detail Bemis’ script. The thick line weights and expressive facial features add a lot of realism and believability to the issue. Miroslav Mrva’s colors help bring life to the script, in that they add depth to the inks by Jose Marzan Jr. Everything feels real, and very dramatic.
The only thing I have trouble believing is how S.H.I.E.L.D. could hire Greg as a psychotherapist in the first place, given his past. The end of the issue also directly contradicts a flashback of a huge epiphany that Greg had earlier in his life. These are really the only two problems I had with this issue.
I’m not too sure what to expect, but I’m excited to see how Bemis is going to follow this up. This is a series that will be a great read for all Marvel fans, but mostly those who are looking for something new. Bemis’ sophisticated writing style along with Talajic’s expressive artistry creates the perfect book!
Written by: Max Bemis
Illustrated by: Dalibor Talajic