Review: Concrete: Depths

Concrete is one of those books that every self-respecting fanboy is obligated to read eventually.  Paul Chadwick’s reputation was made on the series, which was one of the highlights of Dark Horse Presents, along with other works like Frank Miller’s Sin City.  But somehow I’ve never read it until now, and I’m very sorry for that.

Concrete is one of the best post-superhero stories I’ve ever read.  The protagonist is a former sentatorial speech writer who gets turned into an neigh-invulnerable rocky beast with fantastic eyesight.  However, this is a real world story.  No villains, no battles, no real need for someone with Concrete’s (aka Ron) abilities.  

Unable to think of what to do with himself, Concrete goes on the Late Show and asks for suggestions.  And so he finds himself helping explore the oceans, searching for lost hikers, and bodyguarding a rock star.  Each story is a stand alone tale, and all of them are fantastic!  Concrete is a deeply simpathetic character, tragic but never morose.  Instead these are stories about someone who always wished he could lead a life of excitement, finally given the means to do so.  

It’s an approach that is disapointingly unique in comics, but fortunately Chadwick has filled that void.  Highly recomended.

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