Filed under: Comic Reviews, DC Comics | Tags: DCNew52, JohnRozum, JonathanClapion, LeBeauUnderwood, ScottMcDaniel, StaticShock
Take a look at that cover, you’re seeing some bold colours and imagining that some kind of crackling electricity is buzzing away behind that cover, ready to leap from the pages directly into your eyes and the truth is… you’re not wrong. Well, apart from the electricity in the eyes part. Written by Scott McDaniel & John Rozum and with art by McDaniel too – we’re thrown into the midst of Static Shock’s latest test – a sunspot ball of energy.
Now from here, we quickly realize that Static is a bit of a brainiac, a nerdy, science-genius who juggles his life as a superhero crime-fighter with his normal life as a high-school kid. Static Shock is the biggest draw for him though and his high-tech gear and smart-ass comments are called into action from the very start of the issue. He saves the city and the day, discovering a S.T.A.R. Labs employee at the centre of the ball of energy and bringing him down with his scientific know-how and smart-ass remarks. A quick start for the first 7/8 pages. The bad news for Static, is that he’s interfering with the plans of the local NY supervillians and this interference gets him a target pretty much drawn on his head.
Problem solved and disaster avoided, we see Static revert to his alter-ego, Virgil Hawkins, and even check-in with his mom to see if she wants anything brought back from the store – back to reality in an unreal world. We also get the chance to see the supervillians checking up on Static and adding the finishing touches to that target on his head… as well as help prep the very person that will be in charging of bumping Static off.
Sounds clichéd to say it, but Static Shock has a lot of energy (boom, boom) and you’re kind of whisked along with it from the front cover to the last frame… and that last frame ends with a stark image that makes you wish you had the 2nd issue near hand to see what happens next. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes, the smart-ass remarks and scientific speak could be a bit wearing if you’re looking for some easy escapism and the artwork would suggest that escapism is what you’d get. Nevertheless, as someone who has never seen or even heard of Static Shock before, I was pleasantly surprised.
The one down side here is that we have a high-school kid with the smarts, trying to exist as a costumed superhero in NYC and juggle a family life – “DC does Spidey” springs to mind and could be seen as too much of a similarity. But that doesn’t take anything away from what’s been attempted here… the energy alone will get people hooked. A fun book, with a bold coloured, modern feel to it that will draw you in and flash-by before you know it. We’ll see how issue#2 takes off.
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