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52apolooza: Static Shock - New Reader Reviewer: The Bear Jew

Written by Adrian, Daniel Buckley and The Bear Jew on Friday, September 16 2011 and posted in Reviews

New Reader Reviewer: The Bear Jew

The most surprising news to come out of DC's new 52 was that a Static Shock comic was being made. I was a huge fan of the animated series, and was very optimistic for Static's future in comics. Unfortunately, issue #1 is just not up to the task. When the dialogue tries to be funny it comes off as a bad attempt at Spider-Man like humor, when it tries to be serious it ends up being boring, almost to the point of inducing sleep. There is literally no backstory on Static. Being a number one, a reader would expect at least a small recap on who and what Static was, maybe an origin snippet, but there is none of that. The villains are laughably bad, with a section of them being color-coded for some unknown reason.

The art throughout the issue is passable. The cover is very well done, inspiring a fun time with its neon signs that are strangely absent from the rest of the issue. A lot of the angles chosen for the art were very confusing, often making the reader take a second to decipher the action. It also all felt very crowded, the majority of scenes containing at least three people in any single frame. Lastly, the energy blasts just felt very underwhelming for how much damage they were supposedly causing.

Overall this issue is just not very good, I have heard other people like so you still might want to check it out if you are a big Static fan.

Score: 45/100

Total 52apolooza Score (with Three Reviews In): 215
(Average Score: 71.67)

Written or Contributed by: Adrian, Daniel Buckley and The Bear Jew

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