STATIC SHOCK #1
WRITERS: Scott McDaniel and John Rozum
PENCILS: Scott McDaniel
INKS: Jonathan Glapion and LeBeau Underwood
COLORS: Guy Major
LETTERS: Dezi Sienty
COVER: Scott McDaniel with Guy Major
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S.
Static is an African-American teen superhero from Milestone, the comic book imprint of Milestone Media. Static is perhaps most widely known as the protagonist of the animated television series Static Shock (2000-04).
Milestone emphasized minority characters, both as superheroes and super villains, as well as supporting characters in comic books. Milestone characters have been folded in the DC Universe proper. With “The New 52,” the re-launch of DC Comics’ superhero line, Static is back in a new comic book, Static Shock.
Static/Virgil Ovid Hawkins and his family moved from Dakota City to New York City, as the Milestone Media characters move into the DC Universe. Virgil’s new after school job is at S.T.A.R. Labs, and Hardware is his mentor/benefactor. As Static Shock #1 opens, trouble is brewing at S.T.A.R. in the shape of an inept bad guy named Sunspot. Taking on Sunspot, however, puts Static right in the crosshairs of the Slate Gang.
For readers to fully enjoy the new Static Shock, they will need to be somewhat familiar with the Milestone Comics universe. Otherwise, this is a comic book for ‘tweens, as it remains evident that the template for Static is Spider-Man. The drama and conflict are not particularly intense, and I doubt readers used to the dark, modern superhero melodramas, with their often mature subject matter and sometimes gritty violence, will find enough vinegar in this story to hold their interest.
Static Shock #1 is moderately well-written and the art is good (except for the characters’ faces). There are enough seeds of future intrigue planted here to bring interested readers back – like me
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux
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