While on a routine mission in Algeria, David’s entire unit is wiped out by horrifying human experiments. These creatures tore everyone apart right before his eyes. Instead of getting justice, the whole thing was swept under the rug for political reasons. Now David wants revenge, even if he has to break ranks to do it.
I had no idea what “aberrant” was before reading this comic. It’s thrown around a lot in the dialogue, so I had to look it up to get an understanding of what it meant. The characters use it as an insult. It’s defined as “departing from an accepted standard”, so basically, they’re different. I guess you could say the same for the mutants in the Marvel Universe.
Aberrant starts like your average military story. A group of soldiers head into the field like walking bags of testosterone, hurling insults at each other and acting overly tough. All of them are named, but they’re all pretty interchangeable. Each checks off a box in the stereotypical army character list. Since they all end up dying anyway, you don’t have to learn much more about them.
Where Zsombor Huszka’s artwork really stands out is in the harsh attacks by these human experiments gone wrong. They have powers like energy blasts or super strength, but they seem almost crazed, like their abilities have cost them their sanity. They tear this group apart and we see it more from David’s perspective as he’s retelling this during his debriefing back home. These dark images pop up around him as he holds his head in sorrow. This showcases the brutality of their actions and how they’ve affected David.
The super power angle isn’t explored much in this first issue. This is a world where heroes have strange and amazing abilities, however only one is mentioned. He is integral to the cover up, so I’m curious as to how the powers came to be and what this world is like. There have to be more heroes, right? Are they all profiting from their abilities like this one? Are they all as politically connected? Maybe there are some sympathetic to David’s cause.
Aberrant has the feel of a more militaristic version of The Boys but without the black humor and satire. David is getting involved with a shadowy government organization that’s going to weed our corruption in the super hero community, however large or small that may be. His personal tragedy and how he handled it is like an audition. Now he’s ready for the real thing.