The Wild Cards series is one of my favorites. It’s an interesting take on superhumans, and, as long as it’s been running now, there’s been a lot of world building. There have been many different adaptations of the books, and there’s perpetually talk of some kind of video project. For now, Marvel Comics is turning the first novel (at least) into a comic series.
The second issue details the clash of Dr. Tod versus Jetboy. In the series, this is the pivotal moment when everything changes and, cliché that it is, the world will never be the same. Also featured prominently is Dr. Tachyon, the alien who fled his home of Takis to try and save the people of Earth. It’s a desperate struggle with a lot of innocent lives on the line, but since George RR Martin is part of the creative team, you might have an idea as to what happens.
Wild Card Day, September 15th, 1946 is when the world changes forever. The comic only covers a part of the first book, and with 29 novels so far, they have a lot of material to draw from. But they are showing some in -epth focus on the most important part of the series, and doing a great job of it. I’m not clear on how long the series is going to run, although I’m guessing this volume is going to only cover book one. Hopefully there will be more to come.
What I Liked: The art is fantastic. Tachyon is at his flamboyant best, while Jetboy looks world-weary and resigned to not getting his happily ever after. I loved the original story, and this is a great version of it.
What I Didn’t: My only complaint is that it’s too short. I love these books and I want to see more. I really hope these keep going and cover the entire series. I’d love to see their take on some of the later stories and characters.
I’m giving this a 4.5 out of 5. It’s a great rendition of a story and world.