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Review – Good Luck #1

Review – Good Luck #1

Writer: Matthew Erman

Artist: Stefano Simeone

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Release Date: June 23, 2021


What if Luck was quantifiable, and something everyone was born with? Everyone, except the Unfortunates – teenagers born with absolutely zero luck. Now with the world mysteriously plunged into chaos and reality itself threatened, they will be our only hope to save the world.

Our last hope is those with no chance of success… the only thing anyone can wish them is Good Luck.

A bold new original series for fans of Seven Secrets and Runaways from Matthew Erman (Long Lost, Power Rangers: Sins of the Future) and Stefano Simeone (Mega Man: Fully Charged) about defying fate against impossible odds.

Writer: Matthew Erman

Erman dabbles with the much-debated question of what if luck was a quantifiable thing in the light-hearted series Good Luck. In Little Kentucky, thirty years ago, the gods of good and bad luck meet and touch for the first time, creating a Karma Sphere at ground zero.

In modern day Artemis, one of the Unfortunates — teenagers born with absolutely zero luck, is late for his daily simulation to attempt to obtain the sphere. People run in panic when they see him as his lack of luck contaminates and invalidates their own luck.

Finally there, he suits up with a Kismet Suit with rich oxygenated luck pumped round it. He’s done this for the past seven years but today is different as his team is joined by young Joseph Testpilot.

Erman’s idea that luck, like money, creates a society of “have and have not’s” is interesting as is the wider questions within the book about free will, does bad luck cancel out good luck and how to measure it. It’s a little existential for a first issue but add on other areas such as JK Rowling’s Luck potion, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man or films like Just My Luck. There’s a bit too much exposition in the issue but you don’t feel too confused after reading.

If your luck is predetermined, how are you responsible when bad luck impacts you or those around you?

Artist: Stefano Simeone

Simeone artwork is bright and filled with humour. He fills each panel with two or three movements of the character bringing life to Artie running or falling (which seems to happen a lot.)

It’s a laden with effects and overlaid images such as the first few pages when the two goods race through the streets and finally touch. Characters and movements are fluid giving the issue a fun anime look.

Overall Thoughts

This is weird, weirder than old weird Willy the weird man. Turning luck, that unquantifiable difference between two same people, into a element or essence is interesting. The bigger question, if everyone else has good luck, why does Arties have to save he world with his time. Solid but a little heavy first issue.

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