Phantom Lady and Doll Man #1 (of 4)
First of all, let me say… I have no background in these characters. I saw that Jimmy and Justin were the writers, so I picked it up. I knew at the very least, I would get a great story, and from a quick flip through the pages, some really nice art.
I was pleased to see that my hunch based on the creators paid off… well at least was well worth the money. :)
I was also drawn to this book because it was a mini-series. I have come to trust Jimmy and Justin’s work. Period. But their mini-series’ are always very well planned and executed. I thoroughly enjoyed The Ray (four-part mini) - and of course my soon-to-be-all-time-favorite short story comic, Trigger Girl 6 (as part of Creator-Owned Heroes), is in their very capable hands.
This appears to be no exception. The pacing, the back story, and the amount of suspense fits perfectly into this first issue. It definitely leaves me anticipating the next issues.
Captivating - If you are looking for one word to sum this first issue, it would be, Captivating. I imagine this is mostly due to the beautiful art, but also how that art ties into the mood(s) and tone of the book.
Needless to say, the art is excellent. And the cover - the cover is… well it certainly catches the eye. ;)
Now, back to the fact that I had no background in these characters… apparently classic characters from the DC Universe… that did’t matter. This book is completely new reader friendly. As I stated before, you get everything you need in this first issue… I understand the plight of the heroes, the depth of the villains.
It may be important to note that the story does deal in some “adult themes” - but in no way does it feel gratuitous. In fact it all makes for great character development and sets the tone for the book —
A book that I am very much looking forward to in the coming months.