Out of all the reasons why people love comics so much, do you think self-deprecation is a popular one? Do you think that when we read about all the wonderful things these colourful characters are doing, we resent the lives we chose for ourselves? We can use that feeling to motivate us or we can stick our noses further into our comics and let it be enough for us just to dream. This is why WANTED by Mark Millar is such an important book and why it’s more insightful than you think.
Somewhat enjoyable film (that had almost nothing to do with the comic) aside, Wanted is a fabulously random, shocking, hilarious and profound read. You are introduced to Wesley who is so utterly forgettable and dull, that he could die every day and be reborn in the morning and no one would notice. His detestable cowardice rules his life and he constantly complains about the hole he is sitting in that he dug for himself with his shiny new spoon. He makes you want to shake your book violently, with the hopes of knocking some sense into a fictitious character.
Then his world gets turned upside down.