"SCIENCE IS THE NEW ROCK 'N' ROLL." So said Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange and Thomas Walker at the dawn of a new age of enlightenment that ushered in a boom in scientific advancement. As the research supergroup World Corp., they became the most celebrated scientists of all time. They changed the world - and we loved them for it. But where did it all go wrong? And when progress is made at any and all cost, who ultimately pays the price?
This comic book reminds me of this short piece in Gardner Dozios' Best Of Collection:
The Incredible Exploding Man by Dave Hutchinson
Everyone loves Comic Books. Imagine a story that actually seems more Comic Book than written story. The Incredible Exploding Man seems that way. Really way, way over the top story about a scientific experiment gone wrong. Think Doctor Manhattan in Hell. It all somehow works. I enjoyed how writer Hutchinson carried the lunacy of the story along. There is that great trepidation to such accidents! Sad and very scary I’d love to see a whole book of this. The only thing missing was the Artist and Marvel Comics!
“Obviously this … person is dangerous,” one of the middle-aged men said. “Any help you could give us would be very much appreciated.” I sighed. I took the table to pieces and put it back together in a shape that I found rather pleasing. Nobody else in the room found it pleasing at all, though, judging by the way they all jumped up and ran screaming for the door. I slipped away from the manacles and went back there.
Unfortunately, it’s like being one of the gods H.P. Lovecraft used to write about, immense and unfathomable and entirely without human scruple. So far, the human race is lucky that Larry seems unable to quite get the knack of godhood. None of us can work out why I acclimatized to it so easily, or why it’s still so difficult for Larry, why returning him there screws him up all over again while I can cross back-and-forth at will, without harm.
Why would a godlike transdimensional superhero want to look like a tubby balding middle-aged man? If I wanted, I could look like Lady Gaga or Robert Downey, Jr., or an enormous crystal eagle, but what I really want is to be ordinary again, and that, of all things, I cannot do.
Hopefully Nowhere Man will approach the FEAR needed and the Lunacy of this short piece!