Hip hop musician Method Man also reputedly has one of the largest comic book collections in existence. He’s been aggressive in his music – performing and producing – and has a career going in movies and television. He’s also decided to expand his horizons by creating a graphic novel called, naturally, Method Man.
Written by David Atchison and illustrated in black and white by Sanford Greene, Method Man focuses on the adventures of Peerless Poe, a private eye specializing in supernatural cases. The premise immediately made me think of Steve Niles’s Cal MacDonald stories, but Peerless Poe is his own breed of cat.
I don’t know how much Method Man contributed to the comic, but it starts off with a bang. Peerless Poe searches for a monster that killed one of the local kids and the action turns utterly savage within just a few short pages. The introduction to Peerless’s world is an in-your-face blast that gives the artist a chance to show off his skilz.
The graphic novel takes some liberties with the story, such as bringing in Peerless’s mentor in the middle of a huge fight that our hero just can’t win, but the book is all in fun. Superhero action arrives and is over the top, but I kept turning pages and settled back to enjoy the read. The villainess of the adventure – Lilith, mother of demons – gets a cameo, a brief intro, and states the goal she’s after: to eliminate the sons of Cain.
See, Peerless is one of the sons of Cain, the original murderer in the Old Testament. In Peerless’s world, the sons of Cain are cursed to take up the lifelong battle against the supernatural forces of darkness. Of course, those forces of darkness also swear eternal vengeance against the sons of Cain.