What begins as a friendly weekend getaway amongst friends spirals into a nightmare in AWA Studios’ Mann’s World #1. Vince, Duncan, Larry and Max are best friends. Duncan uses Vince’s recent divorce as an excuse for the group to take a manly vacation on a resort planet called Mann’s World. Things get off to a good start until Duncan decides to make trouble with a few of the planet’s locals. They soon find out that there are consequences to their actions.
Mann’s World #1 is definitely worth reading. The writing by Victor Gischler is solid for the most part — it could have used a caption or two during certain pages, but the story itself is very interesting. Mann’s World #1, whether it was intentional or not, touches on class and privilege.
Through reading the story you learn that many of the main characters are pretty well off — Duncan is a well known fighter. Larry owns 311 chain restaurants called Rosy’s Big Burger. Through Gischler’s informative dialogue we can tell that these are characters that are used to having their way. When “no” is the only option they are unable to accept it, especially Duncan.
This type of real-world current event narrative helps sell the drama of Mann’s World and creates character growth opportunities for these four characters. In addition to that, Gischler and story artist Niko Walter have crafted an incredible tale that takes us over 200 years into the future. In this future human beings have expanded to living on numerous other planets where common sense is still not so common.
Niko Walter does an impeccable job of bringing Mann’s World to life. Walter’s illustrations feel larger than life, and after seeing his previous work on Gasolina we should be in for a treat as the story progresses. One thing that has always stood out about Walter’s work is his keen eye for detail within panels. There are a few noteworthy moments in Mann’s World during a few pop out panels that do an excellent job of emphasizing a scene.
Mann’s World #1 has a boatload of potential and is off to an interesting start. Victor Gischler and Niko Walter have a great dynamic together. The unpredictability of what happens next is enticing, and the book as a whole is a fun read.
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