In Noble #2 we get a closer look at David Powell's death, and miraculously revival, but we still don’t get keyed into exactly how he was revived. Granted this issue gives a lot of clues, we don’t get any definitive answers. Not yet. Still, the start of the issue implies that it wasn’t only him that they were trying to save. It seems that there were others in his condition as well and the doctors were adamant not to lose another life. I wonder if this is due to their philanthropic nature or if there is something ulterior motives in motion here. In either case, we’re flashed to the present day with Mr.Powell lying in bed having a nightmare about his traumatic experience as the newly dubbed Michael Burnett.
I’m fascinated with how this run so far plays with memories to give us puzzle pieces that fit into the characterization of each individual. Based on issue one, we know that Powell was an astronaut, that was apparently on a mission to save earth from some sort of asteroid. We also know that he has a son and a wife named Astrid. We know that he has a vast array of telekinetic power and we also know that he isn’t the only powered individual running around. We get a nice intro with a lot of questions to be answered. In Noble #2 we get more character.
I love how character drives story and I love to see good writing implement it in a compelling way. David, nor Astrid are about any games. Astrid is on a hunt for her husband and has no reservations about making a HALO jump or taking long hikes to find him. Meanwhile we get a keyed in to some of David's industrial engineering skills and his heart, that could easily make him into a hero. So far Noble is doing its job in creating a bona fide hero origin story, something that can be missed when reading books about heroes have been around for years often. It’s refreshing. All the while, we get images that further solidify this powerful bond between husband and wife. Romantic relationships in hero books aren’t always the most likely survivors, but here we can see that Brandon is taking an entirely different approach to that aspect. This two are unconditional lovers.
Even with all the morsels of background information and characterization there’s no shortage of action in this issue either. David is certainly more than a little practiced with his abilities. While we see some struggle while using them, we can also see an immense amount of control. I wonder if his helmet may have something to do with that. It’s possible that it’s actually a means to help contain a power that would be otherwise unruly. Hard to say, but regardless, we see him once again lay that foot into a group of those who deserve it.
Then we get our antagonist- Neil Degrasse Tyson, or Dr. DeMarcus Mayes. I may be half joking, but you can’t deny the resemblance. He’s our resident black, possibly mad, scientist trying to conduct or replicate some sort of experience, likely dealing with the fallen asteroid. At this point we aren’t sure, but given the gun he pulls at the end of the issue on the manic guy he just nearly killed, it seems that he’s definitely not the good guy in this situation. The cliff hanger has me on edge for issue #3.
The art in this book is just amazing. Roger Robinson has a way with human anatomy that I can’t help but notice as some of the best work I’ve seen on page. It’s gorgeous. Down to the hair follicles (literally) the art is perfect. When you lay Juan’s colors on top of that, you get something truly, truly amazing. There isn’t a page of this comic that isn’t pleasing to look at, from culture, to violence, to simple character composure. It is quite amazing. The art on the cover wasn’t quite as appealing as issue #1 for me, but that’s likely only because I want to see more of an action pose. The telekinetic haze around his head is a defining feature that I love regardless though.
Noble #2 was amazing and I’m ready for #3. I hate waiting a month for my books, but I know I have to be patient. What Lion Forge is doing with these books is monumental and I’m overjoyed to be here at the dawn of a new superhero universe, and one that features all kinds of new characters! Is this how Marvel felt in the 60s? I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t around then! But I can’t wait to collect these books and show my kids how this universe began. Go to your LCS’s and list this book along with the other titles. It is quality work.