Review: C.O.W.L. #1

Cowl01_CoverAWelcome to the “Chicago Organized Workers League”— the world’s first Super-Hero Labor Union! While C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable “brotherhood” of Super-Villains, the union now faces its fiercest foe yet—a disillusioned public. In targeting the last of the great villains, C.O.W.L. attempts to prove its value to the world and to each other, while staving off villainy from both outside and inside its offices.

C.O.W.L. #1 is a series I really anticipated. The idea of a labor union involving super heroes is really interesting to me, and if done right, could be a fascinating discussion on labor, and the need (or not) for labor unions in today’s world.

This first issue though starts off as a pretty average super hero comic. It’s not bad at all, it just doesn’t really show off it’s premise all that well. What we have is clearly a super hero team with some personality issues. The series quickly, and efficiently, introduces us to the various characters of the series in an action sequence as they attempt to take down a villain. We get familiar with the world, and a general sense of where things are at. What I didn’t get a sense of was that union part. Great idea, but in the first issue it doesn’t quite show off the premise.

I did love the art of Rod Reis. The style is very cool and though there’s slight issues at points where it’s hard to tell what’s going on, the painted like look is cool and fits the setting and vibe. The style really shows off when the action settles down.

Overall, the comic is an interesting start, it just doesn’t quite hit the mark as far as how it’s pitched. I’ll definitely check out the next issue, and here’s hoping we’ll see more of its premise there.

Story: Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel Art: Rod Reis
Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review