Grant Morrison has a new series coming out from Legendary Comics and I decided to take a look at it.
Annihilator tells the story of screenwriter Ray Spass and his latest fictional creation Max Nomax. Ray has had some of his screenplays turned into successful movies and he is living pretty well off the money he made. But it is also established that he can’t keep up his current lifestyle of drugs, hookers, and buying haunted mansions much longer if he does not deliver another script that can be turned into a blockbuster movie franchise. The story he comes up with is dark science fiction hero Max Nomax and his quest to find a cure for death. There are clear parallels between Ray’s life and the story he is writing, the most significant being that Max lives next to a black hole and Ray has a weird bottomless sinkhole in his front yard. Also Max wants to bring his girlfriend back to life and it seems that Ray’s girlfriend recently broke up with him. Then Ray gets diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and just as he is about to end it all Max Nomax appears before him.
As far as first issues setting up a premise and conflict go this was pretty good. Grant Morrison has dealt with this sort of meta-fiction before and I like the idea of him exploring beyond the usual confines of comic book superheroes. Most of the time I focus more on story than art but I can’t end this without mentioning that Frazer Irving’s art is the perfect style for this particular story. So I will probably keep reading Annihilator until the end and let you know if the rest of the series lives up to its start.