Author: Steve Orlando, Jr; Romulo Fajardo, ACO, Fernando Blanco – Illustrators
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Artist: ACO and Romulo Fajardo, Jr
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/05/2016
Length: Comic/Graphic Novel
Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Science Fiction
You wanted it? You got it-six more issues of Midnighter madness! Together again after too long apart, Midnighter and Apollo take on subway pirates in Los Angeles and demons in Opal City…but their reunion is about to take a shocking turn and send them both on an epic journey beyond all belief!
First off, it’s way cool that I just read a comic. I haven’t done that in yeeaaarrrrsss!* And it used to be a regular occurrence while growing up. I mean, my formative years were filled with original Star Wars, classics like Tom and Jerry, and whatever was popular at the moment.
I will not profess to know much about Midnighter and Apollo before having read this, which also means I don’t really know the world in which they operate. Even still, I was able to get a feel about both of them through smartly played scenes with friends, moments involving just the two of them, and how they handle their very different jobs given the “super powers” they each possess. Their humor, and intimate knowledge about each other, and how much they care, all of it comes through. I already like how their differences help define their relationship, and that they aren’t trying to change each other. (Mostly. 😉 )
The illustrations are eye-popping. The colors make me rawr, the action is three-dimensional, and I love the visual “thwack”, “pop”, and “bam” all over the place. The creepy baddies, the easily recognized emotions on the faces of our leads, and the changes in atmosphere are also well done.
Despite not knowing the backstory that obviously exists, especially regarding Bendix, I was able to pick up enough to understand what was at stake. It made me curious to, not just wonder what’s next but, go back and find out more.
Some of the dialogue was a tad strange. I’m not sure if even knowing more of what led up to this point would have helped. I just chalk it up to the unique language that can often be a part of graphic novels. It didn’t keep me from enjoying this.
It certainly didn’t keep me from being affected by the cliffie ending! I’m pretty sure I’ll be, not just buying but, preordering the next couple of issues that are available for just that.
*I blame you, Queue, for giving me the idea to dip my toe back into the GN world! 😉
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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