Three months is a rather wide gap for any book. I had forgotten this series even existed. Non-Humans is a four issue mini-series from Image. According to the description, it’s ‘Blade Runner meets Toy Story.’ Basically what would happen if toys sprang to life? Would they be counted as individuals too? It was an intriguing question the first issue asked the reader. This issue continues the story, we learn more about Aimes, and the main antagonist is established. If you’re looking for something really different than what’s currently out there on the stands, I encourage you to give Non-Humans a go.
Here’s the official description from Image:
Detective Aimes has finally caught up with Humphrey-the ventriloquist’s puppet and vicious serial killer that murdered his partner. But if he can’t figure out how to get along with Eden, an overly attractive young detective who’s every word seems to crawl under his skin, they’re both going to wind up dead.
This one starts from where the last issue left off, with Aimes and Eden at gunpoint from the sinister Humphrey. After an intense battle, the non human escapes. Later Aimes and Eden visit the home of retired actress Molly Wentworth, and in the final page the main villain reveals himself. Glen Brunswick writes all the characters well. Here we have Aimes, a detective whom is on the fence about the non humans, not exactly a hater but not a supporter. The relationship between him and Eden has been that of not liking each other to slowly becoming more than friends. Them becoming more than partners could have come off as forced since this is just the second issue, but thanks to the dialogue it doesn’t go that way. Humphrey is definitely a highlight, his evil sarcasm is such a blast to read. Another highlight is when Aimes explained to Eden his phobia with King Kong, since he had a toy monkey that turned into a non human.
Art wise, it doesn’t disappoint. Whilce Portacio succeeds in making the whole thing feel rather gritty, but with plenty of detail. (Humphrey and the non human at the end are highlights.) The cover is pretty good, it compliments the gritty tone of the book. (Although Buddy the Bear doesn’t appear.)
Overall, another great issue of Non-Humans. With just two issues to go, the story is moving pretty quickly, but not too quickly that the characters lack development. Aimes gets some pretty good backstory, and there’s quite a few unexpected twists. Plus, when you see how the antagonist in the end connects with Aimes, you’re going to be like, “Wow…that’s very good.” Non-Humans is easily becoming one of the best mini-series from Image.
My name is Daniel (@Destroyer_199), the main guy for comic reviews here at Unleash the Fanboy. I was born in 1995 in the Big Apple, spent my formative years in Staten Island, and currently reside in the awesome state that is New Jersey.