‘Adamant #3:’ Comic Book Review

Adamant, the world’s most indestructible superhero, has been displaced in time and now finds himself in a dark, dystopian future he can barely understand, full of deadly machines and talking frogs. When we last left our hero, he was having trouble wrapping his mind around the fact that his former arch-nemesis, Dr. Alpha, is now the leader of the underground resistance trying to keep people safe from the evil new regime. And as if that wasn’t enough, it turns out that the person responsible for this evil regime is none other than a future version of Adamant himself.

I’m really enjoying this comic so far, but the previous issue did have one problem: Adamant continually refused to listen to either logic or reason. He kept demanding an explanation for all of the strange things that were going on, but whenever anyone started to give him one, he would just cut them off and try to fight with them instead—both verbally and physically. It’s understandable, considering that the man he’s supposed to listen to, even follow, is a man whose evil schemes he’s been thwarting for his entire professional career. Still, it was a little frustrating from an audience standpoint.

However, Issue #3 is a lot better on this front. It seems that the shock of seeing his own, aged face as the face of the dystopian, totalitarian regime, left Adamant speechless—at least enough to hear a basic explanation of the events that have happened in his absence. He’s still not sure whether or not to believe or trust Dr. Alpha, or Pogo - Dr. Alpha’s talking frog sidekick - but he decides to cooperate with them for the time being in order to find a way to meet his despotic doppelganger.

The story so far, written by Mike Exner III, is really compelling and unique, with great action and cool characters. The artwork is done in a rather unique way, with scenes in the past and future being depicted by different artists. The main artist is Ian Waryanto, but there’s a different guest artist each issue lending their own unique visual style to certain scenes. This issue it’s K.R. Whalen illustrating the flashback montage that accompanies Dr. Alpha’s explanation of the last few decades.

While that explanation did satisfactorily answer a fair few questions, there are still plenty of other questions left with regards to exactly what’s going on and why—including several new ones that this issue raises. Of course, the comic is far from over. I don’t know how many more issues the creators have planned, but I’d wager that there are a good many more twists, turns, and reveals in store before we reach the end. And I, for one, look forward to them.

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