Enigma is an American comic book series written by Peter Milligan, with artwork by Duncan Fegredo, featuring a superhero named "The Enigma". It was published as an eight-issue limited series by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, in 1993.
Cover of the Enigma trade paperback
|Publication date||March - October 1993|
|No. of issues||8|
|Created by||Peter Milligan|
|Written by||Peter Milligan|
|Colorist(s)||Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh|
Writer Peter Milligan and artist Duncan Fegredo created Enigma for Disney Comics' planned Touchmark imprint. When the Touchmark line was canceled, the project moved to DC's newly launched Vertigo line in 1993. A new edition of Enigma was released in 2015. A 2007 review by Comic Book Resources praised the series for the handling of its subject matter.
The story focuses on Michael Smith, a compulsive, late-20s, heterosexual telephone repairman living a highly structured life in Pacific City, California. His father was killed in an earthquake, and he was abandoned by his mother around age nine. Smith meets Titus Bird, a writer of the superhero comic book series The Enigma. The Enigma himself is a man born with seemingly omnipotent powers who adopts the identity of a comic book superhero. He is an essentially emotionless being and unfamiliar with the concepts of right and wrong. One of the minor characters in Enigma, named Envelope Girl, made an appearance in Peter Milligan's run of Animal Man.
Steve Faragher reviewed the Enigma graphic novel for Arcane magazine, rating it a 6 out of 10 overall. Faragher comments that "This graphic novel features a deliberately bizarre mish-mash of styles and reminds me of avant-garde Italian literature that I was forced to read at university. It turns the genre on its head, attempts to explore the relationship between author and reader within the context of the story and challenges many of our preconceptions about the relationships we have with our heroes."
The series has been collected into a trade paperback.
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