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Review Group Week #291 - Static Shock #1

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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:39 am

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I can't believe the reboot turned Static into a black guy! It's political correctness gone mad! Plus it's a rip-off of Ultimate Spider-Ma-- wait? What? He was always black? Then what am I supposed to bitch about now? Did they get rid of his pants?
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Static Shock #1
as selected by SilverPhoenix

The brilliant, slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static!

A mysterious tragedy forces the Hawkins family to relocate from Dakota to New York City! Virgil embarks upon new adventures in a new high school and a new internship at S.T.A.R. Labs!

As Static, he dons a new uniform and establishes a new secret headquarters! But is he ready to take on the new villains who lurk in New York City’s underworld?


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Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:42 am

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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:52 am

I don't see how wheelchair-bound readers are going to relate to this character any more.
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Daringd

Review Grouper

Postby Daringd » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:03 am

Are comics delayed this week? Or do they actually come out toady?

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Postby ****** » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:11 am

I can't tell from that pic, does he have a high collar? If he doesn't I don't know that I can be bothered.
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Zero

Zombie Guard

Postby Zero » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:25 am

John Snow wrote:I can't tell from that pic, does he have a high collar? If he doesn't I don't know that I can be bothered.


Need to keep the average down, unlike last week's ridiculous score for that turd.

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Postby ****** » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:13 am

Zero wrote:
Need to keep the average down, unlike last week's ridiculous score for that turd.


Don't worry, I plan on dropping a 1 or 2 on that just as soon as I can force myself past the second page.
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Zero

Zombie Guard

Postby Zero » Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:35 am

John Snow wrote:
Don't worry, I plan on dropping a 1 or 2 on that just as soon as I can force myself past the second page.


From now on, I think I'll start scoring in binary. 1 for good comics, 0 for bad ones. That will take around five seconds of thinking time away from my reviews.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:05 pm

Zero wrote:
From now on, I think I'll start scoring in binary. 1 for good comics, 0 for bad ones. That will take around five seconds of thinking time away from my reviews.


If you do they won't be counted as part of the average!

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Postby ****** » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:19 pm

Punchy wrote:
If you do they won't be counted as part of the average!


You running the group for very long would definitely motivate me to re-ascend.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:20 pm

John Snow wrote:
You running the group for very long would definitely motivate me to re-ascend.


This is only a short stint, like when John Goodman was President in the West Wing.
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Zero

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Postby Zero » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:39 pm

Punchy wrote:
If you do they won't be counted as part of the average!


My previous zeroes are all counted, how dare you tyrannise away my inevitable future zeroes!
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:46 pm

Read this, it was pretty generic, I did like the art though. Review on Monday.
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Eli Katz

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Postby Eli Katz » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:38 am

I'm thinking of selecting Criminal #4 for next week's review.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:14 pm

I never before got into or cared for Static.

Then I read Static Shock #1...

Recap: Teenage hero stocks uber-powered maniac, gets no thanks from the crowd. Goes home to Mom & Dad asks if he can get a drivers license. Goes to work at Star Labs where the computer there asks him to suit up and fly over New York City where he's attacked and gets his arm cut off.

Analysis: I kind of always liked Scott McDaniels art (with nothing here changing that opinion) but as a writer, he needs to find some consistency with his characterizations. Is Static just a 16 year kid in a costume, or is he a 16 year old scientific genius in a costume? A lot of science babble early in the book just felt wrong. The mystery of the sunspot maniac gets some screen time but nothing that makes me interested in the subplot. And how does a 16 year old kid get a job at Star Labs in the first place?

Like I said, I never got into or cared for Static before. I still don't.

Writing - 5
Art - 7
Overall - 6

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