Posted by banson on April 8th, 2012 | Comments Off
All It Took Was Three Months
“Three months ago. The universe was in deadly peril. The world’s greatest heroes were summoned into space to battle reality’s ultimate evil. our mentors. Our guardians. Our parents. Our teachers. They left. And they didn’t come back.”
That is the chilling set-up to Danger Club #1 from Image Comics. With the heroes gone the younger generation of heroes move in to fill the void. The initial results aren’t good as one character, Apollo, an extremely powerful deity forms a group that he calls the New Olympians. in order to gain membership to this group you are pitted in brutal combat against another member. if you survive then you are admitted into the ranks of Apollo’s army, which seems more intent on increasing his power then improving the situation in the world.
Apollo is opposed by a quartet of heroes, Kid Vigilante, Robot 9, Fearless, and The Magician. They see the harm that he is doing, and they won’t stand for it any longer. This leads to a battle with the New Olympians. Apollo and Kid Vigilante are locked in a savage battle thats a little reminicent of Superman and Batman in The Dark Knight Returns. Leaving Apollo broken, Kid Vigilante makes a stunning revelation. The heroes that left Earth lost to whatever it was they fought in space. And its still coming. Kid Vigilante leaves the gathering of young heroes with an ultimatum, help prepare to defend the world, get out of the way, or be taken down.
Danger Club has an interesting premise and the short introduction had me hooked instantly. I want to see where Landry Q. Walker will take this story, and I’m anxious to see what happens when the threat arrives on Earth. The art by Eric Jones and Coloring by Michael “Rusty” Drake,with lettering by Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, is engrossing with it’s display of action and blood, and with capturing emotions in the characters. And while I enjoyed this first issue, I felt like I like was missing something.
I like that there is some mystery behind what happened to the heroes, and I don’t need that part explained to me. Sometimes it can be good to leave people wondering and using a little of their imagination. And I like that there is some history between the characters, even if its not explained. However, I feel like I’m missing part of the story. With the book opening with Apollo already in power and many characters cowering under his power, and kid Vigilante’s group is already formed and having a plan that they’ve been waiting to spring, I feel like I missed an issue. And while there is plenty of action, I wish that there was a little more background. I want to see what the world is like right now. Is it just business as usual even though the heroes are gone, or is this supposed to be something of an apocalyptic setting? And what of the villains on this world? I hope that future issues will reveal more of the world to us.
Overall I enjoyed this comic and I recommend buying it. This is a comic book that is worth following to see what else will unfold.