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Happy! #1 Review

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Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson team up at Image Comics to bring a comic mixed with hardcore action and imagery that will indeed make you happy.

The Good

When Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson do a creator-owned comic, you know you're going to be in for some shocks. HAPPY is not your ordinary comic. Of course with Grant Morrison's track record and Darick's recent work on THE BOYS, you wouldn't expect it to be.

Despite the title, this isn't a touchy-feely comic. You'll find right away on the first page that this is a gritty comic full of graphic scenes, situations and language. There won't be any holding back when it comes to telling the story here.

Centering around Nick Sax, a former cop-turned-hitman determined to take down some mafia members, you can imagine what level of violence we you can expect. While graphic at times, it's Robertson's art with Richard P. Clark's colors that make the detailed pages look spectacular. I've always been a fan of Robertson but his art has never looked better. With Darick inking his own pencils, you really get a sense of what he's trying to convey on these pages.

Before this is dismissed as another vigilante versus the mob comic, it's much more than that. The opening pages are indeed full of violence and profanity but there comes a point where you will actually start feeling happy. It'd be a shame to spoil what development occurs but if you've heard anything about the plot or noticed the blue feathers on the cover, you have an idea what the angle is here. Morrison and Robertson are not just doing a mob violence comic. They are setting the stage for an incredibly trippy and distinctive ride in the form of a comic book.

The Bad

Being a mature comic, there is a high volume of...adult themes. This could easily be an immediate turn off for some readers. The story does have to be set up and there shouldn't be any holding back if this is what this comic book world is meant to be like. I'm not offended by the profanity or situations but it came across almost as filler in order to get to the appearance of Happy.

There's also the fact that this is sort of a mix of two different types of genres. The grittness and appearance of Happy along with this being the first issue makes you wonder what we're going to get in the rest of the series.

The Verdict

HAPPY is setting out to be something different and it succeeds in that. Morrison and Robertson hit the ground running and are not holding back in their storytelling. Even with a title like "Happy," the opening pages are as far from that emotion as you can get. We get a close look at the grittiness, violence and mature situations that are often associated with stories involving the mafia. Getting past the opening will bring you to a different type of story once you see who or what Happy actually is. It's hard to exactly pinpoint what we'll get in the rest of this series but there's no denying the interest that has been captured based on Happy's design. If you're looking for a comic that isn't going to hold back, Morrison and Robertson want to make you happy.

16 Comments
Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

He reminds me of Rorschach somehow.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

@DarkKnightDetective: He does a bit

I'm really looking forward to this. Got it ordered and should be here Friday

Posted by Mbecks14

I love Morrison especially when he has the freedom to do anything he wants. So I'll check it out!

Posted by DDangelico

This looks to be fun and weird (just how I like my Morrison comics). I snagged that snazzy Allred variant too! :-)

Posted by livlig

Darrick Robertson is my man, and I like Grant Morrison. I really enjoyed the first issue - and I think I'll enjoy the whole goldarn thing.

Posted by G-Man

@DDangelico: Boo! I was hoping to get the variant but wasn't able to.

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Posted by DDangelico

@G-Man said:

@DDangelico: Boo! I was hoping to get the variant but wasn't able to.

:-) My shop knows of my little Allred obsession and slipped it in my box for me. I love my LCS with all my heart!

Posted by TheSmallvillefan12

This is a definite pickup for me.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

LOL there are like 100+ F Bombs in this book.

Posted by johnny_spam

Loved Happy's appearance this is going to be a great read.

Posted by zackattack529

I wanna get this comic..but im not a fan of mini series...if this was an ongoing then yes

Posted by GalacticPunt

Robertson's art is on another level vs. The Boys, he's really good when he inks his own work. What was truly weird was that most of this issue, Morrison was writing as if he was Garth Ennis! Morrison has his own crazy voice, and it seemed like he was doing his best impression of Ennis' flippant ultra-violence and humor here. If the rest of the story gets to the romantic heart that Ennis has, then this mini will be a successful experiment.

@zackattack529: I've read some weird opinions on Comic Vine, but that's really out there. What is wrong with closure? Can't a story with a properly planned beginning, middle, and end be MORE enjoyable than a title whose length is determined by sales? There are so many titles that end prematurely with dangling plot threads, while others get milked for years past the point that they have worthwhile stories to tell.

Posted by zackattack529

@GalacticPunt: The reason is quite simple. because like you said, mini series have properly planned beginnings middles and ends, and for that reason it is meant to be read as a whole. so id much rather wait for this in a TPB so that not only can i save a few bucks as well as save some back and boards, I can read it as a whole. This is just my preference.

Posted by GillaDro

@zackattack529 said:

@GalacticPunt: The reason is quite simple. because like you said, mini series have properly planned beginnings middles and ends, and for that reason it is meant to be read as a whole. so id much rather wait for this in a TPB so that not only can i save a few bucks as well as save some back and boards, I can read it as a whole. This is just my preference.

I feel the same

Posted by RedCoat83

Thanks Comic Vine for making me spend more money. Picked up my copy today and cant wait to read it

Posted by darth_geekboy

he's obviously using a little bit of the "HARVEY" reference. but instead of jimmy stewart's humble, awkward, and optimistic elwood dowd, we get a cynical, tough-as-nails, and pessimistic nick sax. and the two stories look completely opposite as well. and i love that it's a slight jab at the BRONY phenomenon.