Part of the charm of DC’s New 52 Reboot is how they are branching out with books like I, Vampire, All Star Western and Blackhawks. With these three titles the mainstream DCU has a horror, western and military aspect to it. These aren’t the only books that divert from the standard superhero context of most books, but they are the most apparent.
If Legion of Superheroes has been compared to Transformers, due to both titles’ incredibly vast cast of characters; Blackhawks is DC’s version of G.I. Joe. And issue one does nothing to dissuade this thought.
As we are introduced to the characters they are in the midst of fighting a terrorist group that has taken hostages at an airport. The team members, though fighting loosely as a unit, are all working independent of the whole.
It doesn’t hurt to have a sexual interlude be part of your book, as we learned last week with Red Hood & The Outlaws. Blackhawks doesn’t let the opportunity slip past them as the smokin’ redhead and the rugged yet nerdy-looking team leader end up in the sack.
The underlying current of the story is a new threat that is emerging onto the world scene. The terrorists were being supplied, without their direct knowledge, by an as-yet unnamed woman. An interesting bit of tech to come out of this issue though is nanocites (microscopic machines that can be controlled over great distances to do whatever their controller wills them to do). In the case of this issue, it’s to detonate within one of the captured terrorists and destroy an entire prison.
Stylistically and formulaically Blackhawks is reminiscent of Checkmate so on that level I am intrigued, but overall the book was somewhat underwhelming. It earns a JACK rating from me with hopes that it can build off some promising ideas and get better moving forward.
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This is your Bin Fodder Guru Tim Blacksmith signing off.
p.s. Did you spot the hooded lady? I’ve included a picture below. She keeps showing up in the strangest places! Who is she? What’s her impact going to be on the new DCU? Discuss below in comments!!!
I though Men of War was a much better military title.