Story Synopsis: Uncanny Vol. 1: Season of Hungry Ghosts
Dominic Weaver has an extraordinary ability and could use it to advance humankind, but he’d rather use it to get rich. Find out what he can do and why he decides to finally use his ability for good in this week’s Comic Rewind, Uncanny Vol. 1: Season of Hungry Ghosts.
Weaver was in a Singapore casino playing poker with the casino owner, Mr. Lee. The owner was being lured into a trap and Weaver bet $250,000 US. Lee always bluffs and Weaver knows this because he read him. Weaver’s ability is to gain someone’s memories and talents for a short time through physical touch. However, this time Lee was not bluffing and Weaver didn’t have money to pay the bet.
It was hard but Weaver was able to escape Lee’s goons, but not the country. It looked like it was all over for Weaver until a mysterious woman named Maggie Ford saved his life. Ford also has an ability to heal from any bodily injury. She was hired to grab Weaver and take him to her boss, Decon Styles, for a mission.
Styles wants the pair to steal something for him. A group called CADRE was studying people like Weaver and Ford and what gives them their abilities. The problem was they figured it out and a way to weaponize it. It was up to Weaver and Ford to stop them.
Uncanny Vol. 1: Season of Hungry Ghosts was written by Andy Diggle with art by Aaron Campbell. Dynamite Entertainment published the volume in 2014.
Uncanny Was Not Noir Or Powered
I was looking for a gritty crime noir story and this is not that. However, the abilities aspect didn’t deter me at all. I like X-Men as much as the next guy and a noir story with “mutants” sounds pretty amazing.
However, this volume walked a middle ground between a powered people story and a noir story in a bad way. I would have loved to see more about these people with powers. Who are they and how did they get them are questions I would have loved to have the answers to. However, I still know nothing about these people.
It Was Uncanny How Poorly This Used Good Ideas
If the story doesn’t want to delve too deep into the powered aspects then a good heist story is set-up in the volume. However, we don’t get enough of that either.
This story had two really interesting possible directions to go in and decided to go in neither direction. It is very frustrating when this happens and it happens quite often unfortunately. Sometimes others try to do too many things and end up spreading their story too thin.
The story as a whole is not awful, but it was very disappointing. I wanted more from the volume and was let down. However, I’m not going to lie the Sean Phillips cover got me overly excited and I was expecting Criminal level noir.