There are a few things that should be said before someone goes into read this comic. The first is that yes, Captain Midnight has one cheesy costume that readers will need to get over. The second is that the hero does not really show up very much in this title, in fact he appears in about four of the 22 pages of the title. After sitting through those small realizations, readers should be able to jump into the story at hand. Check out the description text from Dark Horse below,

On the run from the US government after fleeing custody, Captain Midnight has been labeled a security risk. In the forties, he was an American hero, a daredevil fighter pilot, a technological genius . . . a superhero. But since he rifled out of the Bermuda Triangle into the present day, Captain Midnight doesn’t know what or who to trust!

There are several moments in this title that are nothing but absolutely silly. One comes to mind with the older character known as Joyce. She is the only one who remembers the old hero and begins to explain how he is a rebel in a very cheesy bit of dialogue. This title seems as though readers are supposed to take most of the silly stuff in stride and just enjoy it. Without some special fondness to the pulp hero or creative team, I cannot see someone really enjoying this title. Moments where the villains were introduced with Nazi ties were also outlandish. Writer Joshua Williamson does well enough with this script, but he also does not give younger readers a reason to care.

The art in this series is realized quite well by penciller Fernando Dagnino. The pencils here may not be state of the art in most cases, but they do serve the story quite well. The penciller here does a great job of being fluid, for the most part the story seems to create the illusion of motion. This is a great storytelling skill to employ in a comic book, it really sells the world being built to the reader.

Captain Midnight has an okay first issue, but there is nothing that is incredibly complex here. Something else on the stands is probably more worthy of your time.


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