Damage #3

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So, It’s been a few weeks since I sat down and wrote anything.  So much for those new year’s resolutions! -_-  The New Age of Heroes went on without my input though and we are now up to issue three of Damage.  Really there isn’t much to report on this title.   Story advancement is going at a snail’s pace.  Mostly because the bulk of each issue is being eaten up with gratuitous fight scenes.  This issue he fights Wonder Woman, and next issue it will probably be the Justice League.  I’m losing interest in this story pretty fast because it just doesn’t give enough to really engage me.  I’m beginning to wonder if there will even be enough material in the first collected volume to make a whole story.  What are your thoughts about it?

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The Silencer #1

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The New Age of DC Heroes continues with The Silencer #1 by: Dan Abnett, John Romita Jr., Sandra Hope (Inks), and Dean White (Colors).

The story set up for this is that our lead Honor Guest once known as The Silencer was a member of Leviathan; a criminal organization and subset of the League of Assassins controlled by Talia Al Ghul.  She’s been out of the life for six years, has gotten married and is now the mother of a three year old.  When all of a sudden people from her old life show up and drag her back into the life she’d left behind.

Story wise this is a solid issue.  Nothing mind blowing was presented but the potential is there.  Honor is the narrator of the story and you get a feel for her from the beginning of the book.  I feel that this could be really good as it goes on.

Lets talk about the artwork, because frankly I have some conflicted feelings about it.  There were action scenes in the book that really looked on point like when she would activate her powers and everything would get a bluish hue to them; or the stark contrast of a black silhouette against an orange-ish background. Other panels… I felt like someone spun the color wheel and randomly filled items with muted pastels…  like the grocery shopping scene with a purple shopping cart, turquoise flooring, and mint shelving.  It felt a bit sloppy to me, and I thought the story and the line-work deserved better.

Even though I didn’t love all the art I definitely felt like I would like to read the next issue so I will be picking that up when it comes out.

Damage #1

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The New Age of DC Heroes has arrived with the publication of Damage #1.  A lot, and I mean a lot of comparisons to the Hulk are being brandished about and it’s not hard to understand why.  DC Comics have themselves to thank for that, considering this is what they wrote on their own website:

“Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster! Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as  effective, and Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when it springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.”

Because with minimal editing you end up with: Bruce Banner just wanted to work for his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster! Turned into the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Bruce retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as  effective, and Bruce fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when he gets angry. With everyone around him in danger, Bruce struggles to contain the Hulk…

I’m not sure if this was a deliberate move on DC’s part to try to entice disenchanted Marvel fans or a poorly thought out marketing decision that invited unwelcome comparisons.  Who knows?

The question then becomes, is he a rip off of the Hulk?  My answer at this point is there are quite a few superficial similarities; and quite a few dissimilarities.  If we boil it down we can say here are two guys that are involved with the military and gained super strength that they aren’t able to willfully control.  I think we’re going to need quite a few more issues before we can make the rip off call, one way or the other.

As for the content of the issue, the art is fabulous.  Really.  It’s probably want-able on that alone.  Unfortunately it’s very story light.  Basically we are given two scenes.  The primary one is a lengthy fight scene of Damage wreaking havoc somewhere in Atlanta.  The second is someone called Colonel Jonas leading a team looking for Damage after the fact.  That’s all we get.  It’s more like a promo for an upcoming series than a first issue.  I don’t feel that it delivered any satisfaction story wise.  If this is going to be the pacing of the story I would never stick with it as I would be too frustrated by the slowness of it.

Will I pick up the next issue?  Maybe.  How about you?