The Unbeatable Brick #1- A Review of a Surprising New Hero
The premise of the Incredible Hulk is that when he gets mad, Bruce Banner becomes a monster. But what if the monster was your saving grace? What if you could not survive as a normal man, unable to have a stressful moment alone; least you die? Encased within a body that would make Lou Ferrigno jealous. Imbued with powers of super-strength, amazing morphing abilities and looking like a giant red jalapeno? Would life be worth it? That’s the questions posed in the new comic series The Unbeatable Brick!
The Unbeatable Brick
Written by Lloyd Smith
Art by David Johnson Jr.
Created by Mark F Davis, Surprising Comics Group
Published by Lucky Comics
Brick was once a fighter pilot who is taken to another realm to become the greatest warrior of the dimension of Lodus. Undergoing a painful transformation, Brick must stay an perfect vessel of zen, for should he ever get upset, the hero would revert back to his true human form and die! Now back on Earth, Brick must channel his inner sense of peace and tranquility- which is hard since our hero is also the leading operative for F.L.A.G.G. (Furtive Legally Authorized Global Guardians), ridding the world of those who would see the destruction of mankind.
Along with the Hulk, Plastic Man and The Thing, there’s elements from many classic superheroes. The pilot teleported to a new world is Warlord. Brick’s painful transformation is similar to Dark Horse’s Concrete. Add in Agents of SHIELD, He-Man, and the most unique twist on Jekyll/Hyde dynamic and you have Brick!
The Unbeatable Brick is a comic for fans who love comics. While this new series from Lloyd Smith (Fun Adventure Comics!) and Mark F. Davis borrows from many characters, The Unbeatable Brick is not a rip-off comic. Instead, it’s a loving tribute to the heroes who have found their perfectly normal lives upended by tragedy and unusual circumstances.
One element that’s extremely unique is the format. It’s not that the book is digital. I’m paper through and through but I’m on board with it somewhat. What is different for me is the size of the book.
Adding the cover and letter to the editor, the first two issues are filled with less than 12 pages each. That’s roughly less than a standard DC or Marvel comic. Though the cover print price is $2.00 per copy, digital copies are only $.75 cents! Less content but for a reasonable price? I can get use to this.
Comics Code approved level excitement. An amalgam superhero with an twist on the man vs. monster. An fantastic character design with a killer cover. And a cover price not painful on the pocket. Yes, it’s a little weird reading a regular edition comic book with about as many pages as a mini comic. But the story and artwork were quite exceptional.
Besides, isn’t quality more important than quantity?
Issues #1 and 2 of The Unbeatable Brick are available in PDF format at Drive Thru Comics.
Print copies will be available soon at Indyplanet.