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A freak accident with an electrical tower affected Matt Price's brain while he was still in the womb. Ever since, he's had mysterious powers--telepathy, levitation, and mind control. Naturally, the government recruited him straight out of high school, and now he battles mad dictators and thawed-out dinosaurs as Brain Boy!
* Introduction by Batton Lash.
Nov 18, 2011
Bill Garnett from United States
I haven't seen Dark Horse's Brain Boy Archives, but I do have the complete series in its original comic book form. Every since Russ Manning's Magnus: Robot Fighter, I have been hoping for Brain Boy and Kona: Monarch of Monster Isle to, likewise come out in book form. I can barely contain my excitement that, at long as, Brain Boy is going to see print! My one question is: Will Dark Horse's Brain Boy contain the entire run or will all of its issues be in that one tome?
Gil Kane penciled the first issue and Frank Springer. Gil is my favorite illustrator and several years after getting the entire Brain Boy run, I was rereading it and realize/recognized Gil's work in the first issue. Later, Frank Springer took over the artistic chores and did a commendable job.
The one thing about Brain Boy is, like Kona, its writing was extraorindary for the time. Brain Boy would be put in some extremely bizarre, sophistocated, and non-sexual mature situations. My favorite is (I think it's issue 5) when Brain Boy gets to take a vacation. However, it ends up he saves the world from an invading "army" of intelligent algae; if you swim in the lake the algae currently resides, it/they will be absorbed into your body and take over your mind.
Brain Boy takes a row boat out into the lake. A loudmouth jock type comes who arrived at the lake's lodge the same time as Brain Boy comes dashing down to the lake with one of the local girls in tow. He dives into the water and begins swimming around. Suddenly, his demeanor changes, becoming very subdues. The jock swims to the boat and demands Brain Boy to come into the lake. The jock also reminds Brain Boy of his "promise" to another set of locals to swim in the lake; the joke should have no way of knowing about the promise however, the algae has a collective consciousness (Shades of the borg!) As the jock tries to tip the boat over, Brain Boy tries to telepathically take control of the jock; only problem is: now the jock has no discernible consciousness to take control of! Brain Boy has to resort to slugging the jock, knocking him unconscious. With that, all of the people in the lodge come running to the lake and fully clothed, dive into the lake, swimming toward the boat with pleas for Brain Boy to swim in the lake.
Srpinger does an incredible job in rendering that scene: Brain Boy face some twelve people with blank stares on their faces, fully dressed, pleading like Sirens for Brain Boy to swim in their lake.
Needless to say, Brain Boy is eventually able to save the day.
I love the Brain Boy series and can't wait for the Archives to come out.