Guest post by: Matt Strick
I really didn’t like Static Shock. I want to so badly, but Scott McDaniel and John Rozum have created an issue that is not very compelling. It has all the elements of a super-hero comic — flashy costumes, super powers, secret identities, shady organizations, a fight that destroys buildings, a villain so evil his name drips down the page — but they don’t come together in anyway that I found engrossing.
Static is not my type of super-hero. He’s privileged, with an over-inflated ego, and his problems include getting girls to like him and not having his driver’s license. I’m not positive, but that sounds like the plot to most Disney Channel shows. So when he gets caught up in a plot by some shady organization, I find myself struggling to care.
The dialogue is also a problem for me. It reads like promotional material for physics. I knew when I started reading that not everything would make sense. It is a comic book after all. They don’t need to justify every power that Static has with the quantum physics behind it. And if you want to justify everything, then explain how no one in Static’s family knows he’s a superhero? His costume barely has a face mask, and he has dreadlocks. That’s pretty conspicuous.
Overall, I would like to give this title time to breath. The comic does have its good points. At one compelling point Static has to interact a New York crowd that is definitely not on his side; additionally, his powers are interesting. If the writers will stop trying to shove science and attitude at the reader and let the action speak for itself, I think that will make a big difference. Hopefully, in a couple of issues Static can be fleshed out more as a character so that we can get to see some of his depth, and I know that there needs to be more than a first issue to get a good story going. Maybe the guys at Nerdy Nothings will let me pass on the next couple of issues and come back with a review of the first arc as a whole (editor’s note: okay!).
Pull list verdict: DROP IT.
My Best of 2012 Playlist by Eric Garneau
After being inspired by some friends, for the past few years I’ve been really into documenting my musical exploration with year-end mixes. I realize this is not a particularly novel thing to do, but hey, who has original ideas any more? Anyway, this has gotten even easier to do thanks to new technology like Spotify. read more