Prodigy is an amazingly fun book unlike anything else writer Mark Millar has done before. Prodigy #3 marks the halfway point of this mini-series that suggests this is another project Millar might want to start thinking about future installments. There’s no reason this shouldn’t be a regular, ongoing series.
Still searching for answers regarding the Secret Society and the spaceships, Professor Edison Crane and Agent Straks continue their globe-spanning mission. With this issue, Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque really start showing off how unpredictable this mix of Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes can be with some fun action sequences including runaway trains, shark fights and pirates. Rarely does anything play out the way you might expect.
The beauty of the series is how Millar uses Edison’s vast intellect like a superpower. Edison’s greatest asset is his intelligence, but he’s got a bit of a daredevil streak that makes him take unnecessary chances just for the adrenaline rush. It definitely helps to prevent Edison from being boring. Straks doesn’t have to play bodyguard to the smart, but physically ineffective Edison and the two are developing a fun dynamic. Thankfully, Millar isn’t trying to set up a needless romantic situation and is simply letting them play off each other in a platonic manner.
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This is the kind of title that’s going to lend itself very well to either a Netflix series or movie soon. It’s just got so much realized potential that Millar is already tapping in three issues that it seems like this six issue mini-series is only scratching the surface of what’s possible.
Maybe the most fascinating aspect of the book is how Millar writes Edison as a truly decent person. It would have been too easy to write Edison like the typical genius who carries himself like he’s superior to everyone else, but in making Edison caring and sympathetic, Millar has crafted a unique and likeable protagonist. There’s several scenes this issue that show Edison’s kindhearted nature, a trait that’s not particularly common for Millar characters. It’s actually pretty endearing to have a main character go above and beyond to carry himself like a hero.
Albuquerque’s artwork more than carries its part of the story. I loved his work on Hit-Girl, but Prodigy is an even better fit for his style. Albuquerque does a fantastic job with character faces in really bringing out their personality. He’s got a great sense of pacing and laying out the action sequences cleanly as well.
Prodigy has been a blast to read so far and it’s flying by. I’ve little doubt the next three issues will be every bit as entertaining and I’ll still want many more adventures of Edison Crane and Agent Straks.