Comic Book Review: Danger Club #1

Writer: Landry Q. Walker

Artist: Eric Jones

Publisher: Image Comics

Website: www.imagecomics.com

By Nolan Patrick Smith

(Victor Valley)–The darker side of super heroes has been divulged quite a few times in the last twenty years or so.  From Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight to Alan Moore’s Watchmen to Marvel’s The Ultimates, superheroes in a world of dire need and darkness seem to draw the readers in.  In 2012, Image Comics has a book with such a dark setting, yet the look and feel is very much vibrant and alive. Does Danger Club stack up to the glut of superhero books on the shelves today?

Story: The story starts off with Earth’s heroes missing. They had traveled to space to fight an incoming evil, and they lost. Never heard from again, the world had changed with the absence of these leaders, these tent poles of the planet. Left behind are the sidekicks, including the Danger Club, a band of sidekicks with powers ranging from magic to massive suits of armor. The world has changed, and these sidekicks are doing what they can to restore some sort of order to a world without heroes.  Writer Landry Q. Walker and artist Eric Jones are no strangers to the heroes, having worked at DC on a few more lighthearted books; so how do they deliver on a book with such dark overtones?

The characters have an original, cartoon-like feel to them. Kid Vigilante leads this band of sidekicks, and the first step to a better tomorrow is to stop Apollo, a would-be Olympian God who was once one of the Danger Club. Apollo has convinced the heroes left that he can help, but his brand of assistance is exactly what the Danger Club stands against. The book may have the look of a cartoon, but the violence is anything but your normal Saturday morning cartoon fair. A titanic battle shows off the powers of the heroes in violent glory. Not much of the heroes and their background and powers is covered in this first issues, as the book takes the approach to jump in to the action first, and cover the basics later.

Art: Eric Jones handles the art chores, and handle it he does. His style has a very animated feel to it, which may give people the wrong impression at first. The book is violent, and the artwork creates the perfect comic book atmosphere for this tale. The designs on the characters feel fresh and original, which makes the book stand out in a sea of capes and masks.

Overall: Danger Club starts with interesting premise that holds strong throughout the whole issue. The world is a darker place, yet these young heroes push forward to the hope of having a tomorrow. This issues shows that the series has a strong start, whether the steam continues depends on issue #2 and beyond. Highly Recommended, I give Danger Club #1 a **** out of 5.

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