Marvel’s new comic series Mosaic lives up to the hype.

The series is about a professional basketball player named Morris Sackett, who goes through the transformative process of terrigensis at a party.  When he emerges from his cocoon, he is without a body.

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Instead, he is portrayed visually by these sort of disconnectioned rectangles.  Tiny windows that are constantly falling apart.

He almost immediately jumps into another person and when he does so, he discovers that he becomes that person.

He does not possess the person’s body like a demon, forcing it to bend to his will like some human puppet.  Instead, he knows what that person knows.  Remembers what that person remembers.  Wants what that person wants.  Loves what that person loves.

He finds himself jumping from person to person.  He retains his own identity, but he is confused.  He never knows whether to think of himself as an individual who is completely distinct from the people he leaps into, or whether to think in terms of “we” and “us.”

He also learns that when he jumps from one host to another, he retains bits and pieces of earlier hosts.  This is evidenced when he realizes that he can understand some Russian thugs in an abandoned warehouse threatening to kill him in Russian, because he had jumped into a person that spoke 6 languages previously.

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Mosaic #1 does an excellent job of portraying the confusion that must accompany losing oneself.  Mosaic is about a man who has everything and then loses it all.  Including his own identity.

The comic could have very easily been a gimicky, possession-themed comic.

Instead, it draws from such properties as Quantum Leap and Sense 8 and creates a unique character who is just starting his journey of discovery into human identity and personality.

The first issue leaves the reader with the impression that Mosaic is never really sure whether he is controlling the action or observing it.  Although he affects the events that unfold, at the same time he does not stray significantly from the overall life track of the hosts he inhabits.

Will Mosaic find a way to keep his own personality intact while living literally vicariously through other people?  Will he even want to forge his own way and be his own man?  Or will he become so comfortable in one place that he simply merges with another character long term?

Issue #1 was a strong start.  I will be looking forward to reading Mosaic’s story as it unfolds.

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