Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Doug Mahnke
Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm
I want to really like this book. Honestly, I do. And having Doug Mahnke as the artist gives this title "one up" on most other titles. However, this issue just fell a little flat. I'm still trying to pin it down as to what it was, but it certainly had nothing to do with the concept or the art. I suppose I was just expecting a bit more than what I got, but it does show a lot of promise.
Christos Gage is not a name that is foreign to me. His work on Law & Order: SVU and Numb3rs shows, to me at least, that he has the talent to pull this type of series off. The collection of characters that Gage is writing is definitely intriguing, beginning with Jackson King. I only remember King from the failed and horribly written series, The Monarchy. I'm liking the way Gage is handling King so far.
Overall, this is not a badly written issue, but there's only so much that can be said when all you're reading is an issue designed to introduce the main characters. What little action there is in this story is told in flashbacks and recollections of those involved. I did, however, appreciate how it was being told by some of the characters, especially those who are police or former police officers. They told their story as if they're being questioned during the course of an investigation. It's those little details that give me hope for better issues to come. For now, it's all about introductions.
The star of this issue though is Doug Mahnke. It's hard to believe this is the same artist who started his DC career on a title called Major Bummer. His art has grown tremendously since then. He's shown in this issue that he's fully capable of drawing crazed action to quiet scenes to aliens, and occasionally all on the same page. I'm looking forward to him cutting loose with this title. Again, with what little action there was, what I did see gets me excited as to what's to come. Plus he does draw gorgeous women.
While this particular issue was not great, it does have a TON of potential. I like the team that Christos Gage is assembling on this book. And having Doug Mahnke drawing it means it can't get much better than that. This book along with Deathblow are the two titles I'm most excited about. However, with all the other new titles coming out by Wildstorm, I hope this doesn't get lost amongst them. That would be a huge shame.
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