The evil Dr Tod has possession of an alien bomb, primed with a substance that will mutate humans that come into contact with it once detonated. Dr Tachyon – one of the aliens from the planet the bomb was created on – is on Earth and trying to stop the device being detonated, but is he too late? And if he can’t do anything to stop it, can World War 2 hero Jet Boy put an end to Dr Tod’s threat?

After an expository but excellent first issue, this second comic shifts gears and tells a thrilling, urgent race against time in classic pulp style. It’s really well done, with clear storytelling in both art and script (with Mike Hawthorne on illustration duties and Paul Cornell writing) – and feels like a genuinely exciting chapter from a retro pulp serial.

Having been intrigued by the Wild Cards series in the past and not having much opportunity to read the books, it’s great to finally see what all the fuss is about with this prequel, which is hopefully just the first step in many more Wild Cards-universe stories at Marvel.

The setup and it’s inevitable fallout creates such a rich tapestry to draw countless stories from, so should this sell well enough, no doubt we’ll see quite a bit of expansion of the saga in the near future.

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