Well, the title alone is enough to draw you in. And don’t worry, for those who are looking for said title within the book, you will get it within these panels. But you have to wait for it.
By the time you get to the title actions, there is already a story beginning to unfold. A lot of stories. Seriously, there is a lot being set up in this first issue. But how well does it delivery?
I’ll go out on a limb and say that this book is probably marketed to a mature audience, much like Saga. Do you need to be an experienced comic reader to understand the book? Not at all. The art tells the story in easy enough to read panels, and if you take a hint from Brad Simpson’s coloring works, you get a sense of how the story progresses and transitions from the past to the present.
We follow the path of Simon Cooke, a former super-hero who is returning to his town after a long hiatus. He has promised to hang up the tights for good, but as any fan of fictions knows, we expect to see him in the tights before the story is up. We get a rather large hint of that by the way he works out and soars from such great heights in his personal gym.
Simon’s reintegration into civilian life provides enough narrative to follow how things have been since his departure. We even get to see a bit of that as a former rival of Cooke’s has taken control of parts of the city to provide more extravagant and illegal entertainment that outshines Las Vegas.
So by the time all of these bits of story are put into place, then we get to the sex. Obviously, no pictures will be posted with this review, you will just have to get it for yourself to see it. If I had to describe it, it would mostly be a graphic look at Nite Owl’s costumed superhero fantasy. Within the comics pages, it just felt very flat for me. It didn’t feel like a very organic part of the book and was just thrown in at the end to try and make this comic more adult and interesting to buy.
The comic suffers from a major syndrome that first issues have: uniqueness. Yes, it sets up the general idea of the story and a very general feeling of what each character is like. But they all seem like very bland, unoriginal characters. They are missing that hook to them to make me want to read more and get into the character’s heads. What this issue needed was a couple more pages to really delve into the unique aspects of the characters. When I flipped to the next page of the book and new characters were there, I had completely forgotten about the characters on the previous page. I needed something to remember them by.
The book feels like a classic retelling of a super-hero who comes back into action after years away and has promised someone not to put the tights back on. We’ve seen stories like this before. The exception with this book is that sex will be a major topic to add to that world. If including sex is the major hook for this series, then I think it will really miss out on having that wow factor.