Sidekick #10 Review

Is this a world worth exploring? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

The noose is tightening around the neck of Thomas Winchester, formerly known as The Red Cowl. Desperate and on the run, his only hope is that his former sidekick, Barry Chase, will show mercy and refrain from killing him to avenge years of pain and deception. But with Julia Moonglow at his side, urging vengeance, will Barry save his former partner…or finish his journey to a world darker than any he could have imagined?

Sidekick 10_Preview PageThe saga of costumed heroes is one that’s been well documented within the medium of comics. Every so often there’s a title that seeks to push away the normalcy of these shenanigans toward something interesting. And that’s exactly what we get from this series as Sidekick pushes its primary players toward a convergence of sorts.

From the first page to the final panel this book thrives under the careful touch of its author, J. Michael Straczynski. The Red Cowl faked his own death and left destruction in his wake, but from that rubble Flyboy was forced to become something more then what he was. And this is the issue where that plot which began in #1 and played a huge part in this ongoing narrative, finally comes to a fitting close. And you know what? The final product was a rousing success.

I have to hand it Tom Mandrake, who continues to display illustrative prowess in a display that ebbs and flows with the essence of an entire genre. Each rendition is built in a world of detail that rests within familiarity, so much so that the weight surrounding this comic grows with each passing sequence. Add in the colors by Hifi and we’re left with a dynamic look for a most excellent franchise.

Sidekick #10 quickly turns into an engaging penultimate outing that pushes itself toward a first volume conclusion. I have no idea what the future might hold for Barry Chase but as it is right now I’m intrigued. You owe it to yourself to pick this up. Highly recommended.

  • + Major developments!
  • + Carried engaging visuals
  • + Flyboy takes on his enemy.
  • + The Red Cowl faces his city.

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