Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Comics I Read: The Ray (4-issue miniseries)
It's set up in #1 with Lucien's hippie upbringing and use of yoga to control his powers, but it isn't until nearly the end of the series that Palmiotti & Grey clearly articulate the series' genius idea: The Ray's the self-empowerment superhero. He doesn't want to beat people up, he just wants you to be better. (To people he rescues: "You...stay at the office way too late at night. You should spend more time with family and friends.")
Unfortunately, it leads to the kind of do-over ending in #4 that usually makes me grind my teeth. I'm not in love with it here either, but it does sort of work because of Lucien's belief that you can do anything with your life. I'm willing to forgive because there's something going on here that I've never seen before. If they're going to keep exploring this theme, then I'd love to see a followup mini or ongoing series by this team.