Non-Humans #1 © Image Comics

LA 2041.

A NASA probe brings back a strange disease, resulting in inanimate objects – childhood toys, mannequins and the like – coming to life, taking on the personalities of the people who owned them and forming a new minority class called ‘Non-Humans’. 26 years later and they’re demanding civil rights, whilst our ‘hero’ Detective Aimes is chasing an assassin, a serial killer – victim 22 was his partner – and struggling to be anything more than a ‘five minute father’. Aimes has some serious issues, least of all, the loss of his right eye, which I’m betting a Non-Human took. He’s rather unsavoury too.

Penned by Glen Brunswick (Gray Area, Jersey Gods) with artwork by one of Image Comics’ founding fathers, Whilce Portacio (Artifacts, Punisher, Uncanny X-Men), whose “boundless enthusiasm” has returned and feels “there are no limits to what we can do with this story”. I’m inclined to agree.

This issue benefits from being 32 pages; it’s crammed full of material and ideas. What it achieves is incredible – defining non-humans, where they came from, their effects on our future world, whilst introducing likeable characters in the form of Aimes new partner, Detective Eden, and Detective Medic – the only Non-Human detective on the force; think Star Trek TNG’s Data, when channelling Sherlock Holmes.

Non-Humans #1 is worth a punt – consider this a tentative thumbs-up.

Non-Humans is released this week, October 3rd 2012.

Published by Mark Brassington

Father and Husband. Works in Corporate Banking. Loves Books, Comics, Cycling, Music, Games, going to the Gym and Writing.

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