- Written by Adrian, Daniel Buckley and The Bear Jew on Friday, September 16 2011 and posted in Reviews
Marvel Reviewer: Daniel Buckley
Static Shock follows our story's main hero, Virgil Hawkins, aka Static. Reading more as a continuation of an otherwise unknown or unspecified event in the story, our tale begins with Virgil narrating to himself as he is in pursuit of Sunspot, a villain with powers and abilities comparable to that of our hero. Describing his tactics with conversation better suited for a college physics lecture, Static overpowers his adversary. The battle garners begrudged complaints of the citizens of New York, as well as the attention of a crime syndicate referred to only as the Slate Gang.
Static definitely reads and feels like Spider-Man; a teenaged youth trying to balance the complications of family life as well as the dreary necessities of high school while still operating incognito as the superhero of the city, and he is even a genius in physics to boot. He isn't Superman, Batman or The Flash and there is aura that he knows this but will do what he can to fight for the respect he feels he deserves. As for the this particular issue, the comic feels more as though Static's inner monologue is more of an unnecessary exposition instead of a natural narrative.
Despite the comic being nearly entirely dedicated to its opening battle, I still felt as though the book was sluggish; dragged down by too much narrative and conversation. It's understandable that it isn't meant to be solely landscape-altering battles and wanton destruction, but when you are in the midst of a life-threatening battle the reader shouldn't be forced to check Google or Wikipedia to understand just what the hero is doing with his powers to overcome his adversary.
The story was still very well done, wordiness of the dialogue aside. I was immediately drawn in to the drama of the situation and the excitement of the battle without an overly complex exposition or a dumbed-down battle sequence that feels more of a Saturday morning cartoon than a comic aimed a wide array of readers. The cover art was dynamic with accurate proportions and a vivid color scheme, the beginning of the book thrust the reader into the events of the character, the middle's exposition was brief and felt completely natural, and the ending left me anxiously anticipating the next issue. This story will be enjoyed by hardened veterans, true believers and newcomers alike.
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