The day in day out rut of existence. The feeling of hopelessness and the fear of never breaking free. Wesley Gibson pounds keys rhythmically in his fluorescent blaring cubicle and every day taking it up the you know what from his over sized boss of a woman. Fortunately with most things in life, whether for good or bad, it doesn't always happen the way we expect it. Sometimes, even if we live as the scum of the earth, we as a people actually can become... wanted.
I picked this one obviously because of peaked interest in the movie coming out this week. I saw some viral snippets comparing the movie to the comic book and decided, "heck, I live a block away from the shop, I might as well".
Unfortunately, from what I can hypothesize, the comic is nothing like the movie. Maybe the Fight Club theme of breaking the chains of existence, but ultimately, I think the plot is barely even related.
The world of Wanted is a world where every superhero has been killed or brainwashed. The super villains are in control and much like the Matrix have pulled the wool over the human race and are controlling the world from behind the wizard's curtain.
Wesley's dad was the best assassin of the super villains. When he's brutally murdered he has one last request to be fulfilled; for his long lost son, Wesley Gibson, to have the choice of becoming the man he was born to be.
What results is Wesley finally tapping into his true gifting... the gift of murder.
This graphic novel is definitely not for the faint of heart. It pushes the limits on even what I'm willing to sit through. Seriously... it's dirty action. I think this is the story's weakest aspect. Dirty to be dirty is just distracting. Granted, we are talking about the SUPER villains of the world... but still there are certain lines that should just be left uncrossed.
The concept is definitely interesting. I loved all the history lessons. A world where heroes once ruled until finally the villains stopped squabbling selfishly amongst themselves, uniting together to overthrow the good of the world. Blinding the humans' eyes after the great battle felt a lot like the Matrix, but it works within the world of the story and still remains original in its essence.
The characters are interesting, original, and actually pretty funny. For example... Shithead is a villain composed of 666 of the most evil people's shit. Welcome to the world of Wanted.
As a result from reading this comic, I'm a little nervous now about the movie. I have a feeling that there will be but only a whisper of the source material splashing the silver screen. It seems in the movie they are all good guys. There are no references to super heroes or villains; no creatures or monster. In the book there is no "curving bullets" and only shooting flies not the wings off them. We will see though... obviously I am only comparing the novel to the trailer but still... I was looking forward to seeing how a true watered down R version of the story would carry out.
More to come...