Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hyperion #3 and #4

Hyperion, Issue #3 and Issue #4 I'm combining into one review because I'm simply behind on my weekly comic book readings.  Hyperion is one of the titles that was on the bubble for me; I don't really look forward to it, but I generally enjoy it when I do read it.  It's pretty simple.  There's a damsel in distress - Doll -  and a reluctant hero from another universe - Hyperion.  She scoured the country trying to find him because she was in trouble with a carnival that coveted her for her powers.

Issue #3 starts off from the cliffhanger in Issue #2; some strange worm-creature has attacked Hyperion.  The creature's identity is revealed at the end of Issue #3, along with its connection to Doll, the Janitor, and the carnival.  Also, there's a look at Doll's background and her connection to the Janitor.  Issue #3 ends with (and Issue #4 begins with) Hyperion confronting the Janitor, so there's a big battle.  But first, there's a look at what made Hyperion, Hyperion.  His father taught him truth without compromise, but he compromised.  His father taught him thought without error, but he made errors.  His father taught him all things for the betterment of the whole, but he's beginning to realize that he couldn't uphold that precept.

Hyperion (2016) #4Hyperion comes from Earth-13034, and he's made his way to another Earth, where he hoped to be the Earth's savior.  He found himself unable to do any of the sort, so he became a truck driver before being discovered by Doll.  One of the many thing I like about this comic is how Doll changes Hyperion, even over the course of just four issues.  He now lives to help one person at a time.  This reminds me of the interplay between Luke Skywalker and Joruus C'baoth in Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire.  C'baoth, the insane clone of an old Jedi Master from the Clone Wars, rules a planet as King.  Luke realizes that he's batshit crazy, but an old line from Obi Wan Kenobi sticks in his head, to not forget about individual people when you're out saving the galaxy and everything.

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