• Shrinking Man, The #2 (of 4)

    Published by: IDW Publishing
    Released on: August 12, 2015
    Adaptation: Ted Adams
    Artist: Mark Torres
    Cover Artist: Mark Torres
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    As with issue #1 and as the novel goes, the story continues jumping back and forth between Scott Carey’s current shrunken height of a whopping 5/7 of an inch, and back to events that occurred as he was shrinking on a daily basis. In current time he’s dealing with his food situation, that horrible black widow spider, and now a flooded basement and a mammoth kitty cat. But before all that current-life stuff, he got to deal with degradation at the hands of some rotten teens, a drunk-driving pedophile, and his intense feelings of uselessness. And what did he do to deserve such a fate? He went to work for his brother on a fishing boat and randomly got gassed by a mysterious chemical; that’s it. You really feel bad for this misfortunate man, but at the same time wonder why he didn’t kill himself long ago. And he wonders the very same thing.

    The team of Adams and Torres continue their adaptation of the modern classic novel of the same name and they do great justice to the work of Richard Matheson. Missing are bad attempts at humor, feeble efforts in modernization, and 21st century style dialogue. Instead they opt for keeping true to the novel including the 50s time-frame in which the life of Scott Carey resides, which is something for which they should be thanked and praised. Mark Torres gives the reader some great pages, with an intense action sequence that happens to be an iconic moment in the film; it involves a nasty spider. It’s a well assembled two-page sequence that is pretty horrific, especially for arachnophobes.

    A highly enjoyable series that is true to the novel and a fantastic comic adaptation. You need not even know who Richard Matheson is (was) nor be familiar with his work (although shame on you if you fall into that group) to enjoy this, and fans of the less-flash/more substance style of comic books should dig this one.