Friday, February 22, 2013

Case Study No. 0805: Devin McKenzie

Nerdlocker Comic Book Review - The Answer #1
1:25 - Bobby reviews the first issue of The Answer!

The Answer #1
Writer: Norton, Mike
Artist: Norton, Mike
Cover Artist: Englert, Mark
On Sale Date: January 23, 2013
Publisher: Dark Horse Publishing

If you've read it let us know what you think in the comments below!
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[scene opens with a young man speaking directly to the camera]
BOBBY DRAPER: A new number one this week for me, "Answer No. 1" written by Mike Norton and Dennis Hopeless. The book kinda seems like it would be a play on the DC character The Question, and it kind of is.
[he shrugs]
BOBBY DRAPER: Um, this woman can solve all these incredible puzzles, and she's gotten one as a present for her birthday from her mother, and she solves it pretty much immediately, and it opens up a whole bunch of questions for this book!
[he shrugs]
BOBBY DRAPER: And I wonder what superhero will be able to answer that ... None other than The Answer himself. The character seems silly, and they really didn't even bring up the superhero until the end of the book, so most of it you're just reading about this woman who's really good at solving puzzles.
[he shrugs]
BOBBY DRAPER: Honestly, she wasn't all that boring. She was kinda fun to read about her, so I think you might need to check this book out, if not for the character The Answer, maybe for the supporting characters ... Check it out, I'm gonna give it four out of five nerd skulls.
[cut to an image of the cover for "The Answer #1", featuring librarian Devin McKenzie (red hair, glasses) holding some kind of puzzle box while The Answer (black costume, mask with an exclamation point over the face, white boots and white gloves) poses on top of a building above her]

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"Answer #1"
On Sale January 23rd, 2013

Devin McKenzie is an insomniac librarian with a knack for solving puzzles. The Answer! is a masked crime fighter with a giant exclamation point on his face. Aside from a penchant for late nights, they share nothing in common . . . until both become embroiled in a deadly mystery surrounding a sinister motivational speaker!



4-issue mini-series

Coming Jan 2013 from Dark Horse

Art: Mike Norton

Sometime in 2008, Mike Norton told me about The Answer. It was an weirdly involved superhero mystery he had been putting together in his head for years but could never get together. It stuck got stuck in my head and within a few weeks I had convinced him to let me write it.

Basically, it's the story of a brilliant research librarian who goes on the run with a enigmatic super hero when she finds herself at the center of a cult leader's bizarre scheme. Weird, right? Just imagine The Divinci Code with super heroes starring Velma from Scooby Doo.



What do you get when you cross a librarian and a masked hero with a giant exclamation point taking up the majority of his face? You get The Answer, a creation straight out of the mind of Mike Norton, with writer Dennis Hopeless along for the ride. The Answer will be starting with a four issue mini series on January 23rd, from Dark Horse Comics.

The way the story is set up is, The Answer is a hero who might be crazy, or not, he's just good at making sure that Devin, the librarian, stays safe. The fact of the story is, the main character of the tale isn't The Answer, Librarian Devin McKenzie is actually the main character. She's a bigger force in the world than she realizes, The Answer knows this though, and he's there to make sure no harm comes to her.

The concept by Mike Norton and Dennis Hopeless sounds compelling. I love the design of The Answer, the Steve Ditko comparisons make sense. Quirky, dynamic, and you can't help but be engaged. I can't wait to know more as to what role Devin McKenzie plays and what she'll end up contributing to the story. A clever idea that I can't wait to see where it takes us. Be sure to check this one out January 23rd, this looks like a fun ride.



It's appropriate that a book called The Answer would be full of questions, but that's what makes the new miniseries by Dennis Hopeless and Mike Norton so alluring. The Answer #1 (Dark Horse) follows Devin McKenzie, a librarian who has a flawless Jeopardy! record and knows every crossword clue, but when she unlocks an extremely difficult puzzle ball in a matter of minutes, she ends up in a life-or-death problem that she has no idea how to solve. Her only ally is a superhero with an exclamation point on his mask and the ability to come back from a gunshot wound to the head. He helps her as she makes her escape from armed thugs that are somehow connected to a self-help group devoted to chaos. Hopeless' snappy dialogue gives Devin a sassy personality that doesn't undercut her intelligence, and the story he's crafted with Norton smoothly transitions between mystery, suspense, action, and humor. Norton is one of the industry's most reliable pencillers, and he provides sharp visuals that balance the script's various genre elements. Readers looking for an intriguing superhero tale outside of Marvel and DC will find it in The Answer, which, along with The Black Beetle, is ushering in a year of memorable costumed adventures at Dark Horse ...

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