Static Shock #1 - 'Recharged' - McDaniel, Rozum, Glapion and Underwood
Story - Static is one of the few DC characters I have virtually no experience. I wasn't reading DC in the 1990s so the whole Milestone thing passed me by. I watched the cartoon series, but had no idea it was based on a comic, so it freaked me the hell out when the animated Justice League showed up in the show.
I read one or two of his appearances in Teen (and Terror) Titans, but those comics pretty much all sucked, so really, this new #1 is my first experience of Static Shock. And on the basis of this issue, it's not really for me.
I mean, the issue itself was fine, Rozum and McDaniel's writing does the job of setting up who Virgil Hawkins is and what his current status quo is. But the whole book is just really generic. There's nothing here that 25 other teen superhero titles won't give you, and I'd rather read Invincible or Ultimate Spider-Man or Generation Hope than this. There's nothing new here, I may as well be reading 1970s Spider-Man titles. It's the same city, the same attitude, the same distrust from the public. Hell, I may as well be reading current Spider-Man, as Virgil and Peter Parker are working at similar companies.
There are some interesting things here, like the use of another Milestone hero, Hardware as a mentor for Static, but it's only a small detail. Rozum and McDaniel also come up with some pretty novel uses for Static's powers, such as when he tracks the bullet using UV light. The villains are forgettable, and the mystery at STAR Labs doesn't hook me. I will say that the ending of the issue is a surprise, but I doubt it will stick.
Overall, this was a competently put together comic that just wasn't for me. Maybe if I was a fan of Static from way back, this would thrill me, but as I've never read a Static book before, there was nothing here to interest me. I like teen superheroes as much as anybody, but I like them with a little more spice than this. So yeah, if you like Static, then you'll probably like this, if you don't... probably not.
Art - Scott McDaniel is a pretty polarising artist, some love his blocky style, others hate it. I myself quite like it and think the art in this issue is great. The action flows well and he manages to make quite a busy costume work.
Best Line - 'He's dead'