Static Shock — Vol. 1 — Supercharged

Fol­low­ing my Cap­tain Atom Vol. 1 Sav­age Hawk­man Vol. 1 write-up, Sta­t­ic Shock Vol. 1 is up on the read list.

Static Shock 1

Scott McDaniel — Writer, Pen­ciller
John Rozum — Writer
Andy Owens — Inker

Pub­lished 20 Jun 2012
Col­lects Sta­t­ic Shock 1 – 8 (7 Sep 2011 — 4 Apr 2012)

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Art

Sta­t­ic may be the only super­hero with a cos­tume that is at some times skin-tight and oth­er times bag­gy.

Story

This book right in the mid­dle of things with Sta­t­ic Shock relo­cat­ed to New York City with his fam­i­ly as he interns at STAR Labs as he tries to fig­ure out what hap­pened to his per­fect­ly cloned sis­ter. A mul­ti­tude of bad guys are intro­duced, in an elab­o­rate ver­ti­cal monopoly of evil from street lev­el gang­sters to super-pow­ered enforcers for a shad­owy gov­ern­ment con­spir­a­cy. Quan­tum Juice, the sub­stance that gave Sta­t­ic his pow­ers, is pur­chased by the bad guy and test­ed on unwill­ing sub­jects. Infight­ing makes the con­spir­a­cy fall apart, and Sta­t­ic takes down the sur­prise ring­lead­er with the help of his super­hero men­tor and his own clone, who dis­guised him­self as Alka­li to infil­trate the bad­dies. After the big show­down, his fam­i­ly decides to stay in New York and he con­tin­ues to fight crime even though his “twin” sis­ters have accept­ed each oth­er. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Sta­t­ic Shock was can­celed after the­se eight issues, so I am not expect­ing much in the way of future res­o­lu­tion.

Connections

This book intro­duces Vir­gil Hawkins (Sta­t­ic Shock), Sunspot, Slate Gang, Trey Uhu­ru, Nico Patrol­lus, Jann Jon, Cole Brick, Kim Dagar, Dr. Cur­tis Met­calf (Hard­ware), Joey Scroc­cone (Piran­ha), Pale Man, Charles White, Kaitlin Stone, Emil­io Mar­co, Tan Yeung, Vir­ule, Jean Hawkins, Sharon Hawkins (and her clone), Robert Hawkins, Frieda Goren, Quentin, Dyson, Car­los, Nathan Flack (Dr. Nemo), Nec­ahual “Nec­ca” Mar­tinez (Guil­loti­na), Dr. David David­son, Alka­lie, 30 Weight, Biz Mon­ey B, Lar­ry Wade, Tiffany Evans (Tech­nique), Dr. Lewis, Vanes­sa, and Phayze. Hawk­man, Cap­tain Atom, Gar­rison Slate, Dark­star, Kar­mon Stringer (Rub­ber­band Man), Gior­dano Fam­i­ly, and K’llumnus are men­tioned. Pan­do­ra gets her cameo out­side the Hawkins fam­i­ly res­i­dence as Vir­gil is ask­ing his dad about get­ting a driver’s license. Besides his intern­ship at STAR Labs, Hard­ware set up a secret base for Sta­t­ic at Wright Tools. The Man­hat­tan vol­cano from Cap­tain Atom Vol. 1 appears.

Next up, Sav­age Hawk­man Vol. 1 Super­girl Vol. 1.

Green Arrow — Vol. 1 — The Midas Touch

Fol­low­ing my Super­man — Action Comics Vol. 1 write-up, Green Arrow Vol. 1 is next on the read list. Although some oth­er super­heroes are name-dropped, the events here are pret­ty stand-alone. I place it third in the over­all read list because there is a line about no super­hero com­mu­ni­ty exist­ing, which would mean that the Jus­tice League either does not exist yet or is very, very new. The news sta­tion GNN is men­tioned, but it does not exist in this con­ti­nu­ity. Also, this is where Q-Core is intro­duced, and it (or its best pro­duct, the Q-Pad) gets name-dropped in sev­er­al oth­er books.

Green Arrow Vol. 1

Dan Jur­gens — Writer, Artist
J.T. Krul — Writer
Kei­th Gif­f­en — Writer
George Pérez — Artist

Pub­lished 30 May 2012
Col­lects Green Arrow 1 – 6 (7 Sep 2011 — 1 Feb 2012)

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Art

Art over­all is ser­vice­able. Most­ly good, but some of the pos­es and arrow tra­jec­to­ries just did not make sense to me. And the last issue had weird­ly skin-tight clothes on every­one, even civil­ian wear.

Story

For Sto­ry, this vol­ume was actu­al­ly two three-issue arcs instead of a sin­gle larg­er one. The first one does a good job of set­ting up Green Arrow’s sit­u­a­tion by high­light­ing the work/superhero bal­ance and his abilities/ideals by set­ting him off again­st enti­tled pow­ered delin­quents. The sec­ond one is more com­pelling to me because Midas is a much more inter­est­ing vil­lain than Rush. How­ev­er, the vil­lains’ back­grounds are per­haps too mys­te­ri­ous (espe­cial­ly after Blood Rose’s “reveal”), and the res­o­lu­tion too easy. Green Arrow beats them once and they run away to Metrop­o­lis? How is that going to work for them?

Connections

This book intro­duces the char­ac­ters Oliv­er Queen (Green Arrow), Wal­ter Emer­son, Michael Holt (Mr. Ter­ri­fic), Naomi Singh, Dynamix, Dop­pel­gänger, Super­charge, “Jax” Jack­son, Adrien Rivers, Rush, Lime­light, Alpha, Core, Stun­ner, Kyle Emer­son, Blood Rose, Midas, and Alec Hol­land (Swamp Thing). Pan­do­ra gets her cameo in the night­club in Paris where Green Arrow takes on Dynamix, Dop­pel­gänger, and Super­charge. Green Arrow men­tions that he knows Aqua­man. The cor­po­rate life is very demand­ing on Ollie, who only runs Q-Core, a sub­sidiary of Queen Indus­tries, while his deceased father’s friend Wal­ter Emer­son is CEO for the umbrel­la cor­po­ra­tion. WayneTech, Lex­Corp, Holt Indus­tries and rat­tled off as rivals.

Next up, Flash Vol. 1.

Justice League — Vol. 1 — Origin

I start­ed a re-read of DC’s New 52 when I moved to LA as a way to orga­nize my book­shelves since they got jum­bled up in the pack­ing and unpack­ing process. In hon­or of DC’s Rebirth event and the restart of this blog, though, I thought this would be a good time to put some thoughts down. Orig­in is the offi­cial DC launch point for the New 52 sto­ry­line, so I will start here and mean­der on fol­low­ing in-uni­verse chronol­o­gy as best I can.

justice-league-1

Geoff Johns — Writer
Jim Lee — Pen­ciller
Scott Williams — Inker

Pub­lished 2 May 2012
Col­lects Jus­tice League 1 – 6 (31 Aug 2011 — 29 Feb 2012)

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Art

Jim Lee is a god to me so Art is pret­ty much an auto­mat­ic 5 out of 5.

Story/Connections

Sto­ry, I liked a lot, too. I was not sure what to expect from the New 52 reboot, but I appre­ci­at­ed how Geoff Johns pulled this off. The super­heros are estab­lished (so there is no need to rehash all their orig­in sto­ries), but not pub­lic, so the world still does not know much about them and they do not know each oth­er (giv­ing a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to tell each oth­er about their abil­i­ties).

Darkseid’s prob­ing attack serves as the world’s first extinc­tion-lev­el threat and the cat­a­lyst for Bruce Wayne (Bat­man), Hal Jor­dan (Green Lantern), Clark Kent (Super­man), Bar­ry Allen (Flash), Diana Prince (Won­der Wom­an), Arthur Cur­ry (Aqua­man) get togeth­er, as well as the orig­in for Vic­tor Stone’s (Cyborg) pow­ers.

It also intro­duces sev­er­al sup­port­ing char­ac­ters, such as Silas Stone, David Singh, Steve Trevor, Antho­ny Ivo, Sarah Charles, Thomas Oscar Mor­row, David Graves, Grail, DeSaad, Step­pen­wolf, Pan­do­ra, Phan­tom Stranger, Spec­tre, and Ques­tion. More are men­tioned, like Guardians, Goril­la Grodd, Lex Luthor, William Mag­nus, Ryan Choi, Oliv­er Queen (Green Arrow), Zatan­na Zatara, and Carter Hall (Hawk­man). And the stage is per­fect­ly set for the less-than-per­fect team dynam­ic.

A few rela­tion­ships have already been formed. Bat­man has files on every­one, of course. Green Lantern and Flash fought Goril­la Grodd togeth­er. Super­man dis­likes Lex Luthor. Steve Trevor is Won­der Woman’s liaison.

Over­all, it is action-packed and full of laughs. I tell every­one who lis­tens that DC had a blue­print right new here for launch­ing their answer to the MCU, but no, they had to start with Bat­man v Super­man: Dawn of Jus­tice, loose­ly based on The Dark Knight Returns, which is not even in the main con­ti­nu­ity.

Next up, Super­man — Action Comics Vol. 1.