Wednesday, 23 September 2009

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: Static: Rebirth of the Cool - Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L Washington, John Paul Leon


When Virgil Ovid Hawkins finds himself caught up in the gang battle known as the 'Big Bang' and exposed to an experimental mutagen, he develops amazing electromagnetic powers and decides to fight crime as the costumed teen hero Static! Having retired from crime-fighting at the tender age of 14, Static is astonished to be called back to arms by some of his fellow 'Bang Babies', all empowered in the 'Big Bang' battle. But even with the help of the mighty hero Hardware, can Static defeat Dakota's greatest superhero - now become its greatest villain? "Static" co-creators Dwayne McDuffie ("JLA"), Robert L. Washington III ("Batman") and acclaimed artist John Paul Leon ("Winter Men") to put the spark back into superheroics!


As a reader of graphic novels if I were to be honest with you, Static Shock is not the one that I’d have picked up as a general offering. Yet when it landed I thought that I’d give it a go and was pleasantly surprised at what was revealed within. Its quirky and you can see how its dated to the time to which it was written. It is fun and if you want a superhero with teenage anguish then this is the guy for you who deals not only with the troubles of a teen but the struggles of keeping his life secret along with racial tensions adding a new black superhero to follow on from DC’s original Black Lightening.

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