Once upon a time, Mark Waid was lauded as a writer who brought a Silver Age feel to comics he wrote in the present time. When heroes were decidedly shifting towards darker place and the “anti-hero” became the norm, Waid was a beacon of hope. He has brought his knack for Silver Age fun (with a modern flair) to many of the books he has written, but he seemed like an ideal candidate to craft tales about the (arguably) most popular superhero family in the world. He is, indeed, the ideal candidate.
Waid wraps up the first story here, leaving a thread or two hanging to be revisited later, all the while turning in a story worthy of the Disney/Pixar brand. The Pixar films have been praised for their ingenuity and ability to draw in audiences of all ages. Waid’s work with “The Incredibles: Family Matters” has that same ability. My wife has been enjoying this title as much as I have, and my kids all clamor for the copy when I finish reading it. Granted, we all get a little something different out of each issue, but we all look forward to the adventures of the Parr family.
Takara’s art has improved along the course of this series, working with Mark Waid to build more into the world the Incredibles inhabit. Takara’s page composition tends to be more traditional, but the coloring and letters by Dalhouse and Macasocol give the book a modern sensibility. Now that this first arc has wrapped, I hope to see Takara back for the next.
This may not be the greatest superhero comic ever written, but it sure is a darn great book worthy of sharing with the whole family. As the first completed Disney/Pixar/BOOM! Kids tale, I look forward to seeing how it is collected as well as how a continuity begins to be built upon this foundation. As mentioned before, there are a couple threads hanging out there that could be seized and woven into future stories.