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[Review] ‘Boy-1’ #1 Dull, Boring and Trite

Boy 1 is dull, boring and above all trite. You’ve seen everything done here done better a dozen times before. It’s the perfect example of mysteries and hooks done wrong, instead of enticing the reader they’re just left confused and frustrated.

 

WRITTEN BY: H.S. Tak

ART BY: Amancay Nahuelpan

PUBLISHER: IDW

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 12 August 2015

Boy 1 is a sci-fi thriller of sorts, starring an utterly generic shoulder length black hair scientist named Jadas whose mind is characteristically scattered but brilliant. It’s pretty well worn territory and nothing new or interesting is added to elevate it above a common trope. Jadas’ blandness is further accentuated by a supporting cast comprised entirely of one dimensional characters. Women are also represented especially poorly, used only to demonstrate physical beauty and fulfil the protagonist’s sexual desires. In fact the only woman with a speaking role is told in her only scene that she’s only there because she gives our protagonist a boner. I’m not here to tell someone not to write something but I mentally checked out of this book following that scene.Boy1-01-pr-4-5bddb

The issue begins with a refresher course in DNA and all of it’s narratively relevant attributes. With that out of the way we’re introduced to our protagonist as he snorts lines off of an ipad that’s currently displaying a call girl’s profile. Don’t worry about those lines he’s snorting though, they’re actually his ‘medication’ and he’s just ‘customized’ their application. Even after reading the entire issue I cannot tell if this was a horribly unfunny joke or not. I can, however, be certain that what immediately follows was a vain attempt at humour. Jadas’ coworker notices the call girl’s profile on Jadas’ ipad and comments on it. Jadas swifty deflects, stating it was just a pop-up ad, he promptly breaks in the very next panel without so much as a breath from his coworker. Spilling the beans the he masturbated to her for exactly a minute and seventeen seconds that morning. Who talks like that?

It’d be unfair not to mention the only redeeming quality of the book, there’s a genuinely atmospheric scene late in the issue. The visual storytelling on these pages is excellent, a stark contrast to the rest of the issues dialogue heavy pages. This scene doesn’t save the book by any means but it does show that artist Amancay Nahuelpan is not the problem.

Boy 1 is drivel and you’ll be richer for avoiding it.

1/5

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