Review: Midnighter #1

Midnighter #1Spinning out of Grayson comes a solo series starring the man who can predict your every move… but no one will be able to predict what he’ll do next! A theft at the God Garden has unleashed a wave of dangerous biotech weapons on the world, and Midnighter intends to put that genie back in the bottle by any means necessary. But something else was stolen from the Garden as well…the secret history of Lucas Trent, the man Midnighter once was!

Midnighter #1 throws you right into the action, not really explaining a lot of some of the details until well into the comic. Instead, the focus is Midnighter, the psychopathic hero who also would like a real life. Writer Steve Orlando delves into the personal life of Midnighter as he attempts to date, and do the super hero thing. Going that route helps define the character for new readers as it delves into the type of person we’re dealing with, and the fact that he’s a super hero who happens to also be gay. All of that is thrown out there in a fun way introducing us slowly.

That approach is both good and bad. For the first quarter of the comic or so, I felt like I was missing something, but eventually Midnighter explains to his date a bit more about himself and the world that they exist in. It introduces us to it as well. By the end of the comic, you get the whole picture, and the feeling like I was missing backstory was gone.

Orlando is helped by Aco who handles the art duties. I really enjoyed the art which enhanced the chaotic nature of Midnighter and at the same time showing off how much precision goes into the character’s life. There’s highlights of details with blow out panels, taking us into what Midnighter sees. It’s all very cool, and a style that stands out on its own. The use of panels in the comic is really cool.

I’ll admit at first I was a bit lost in the comic, but as Midnighter explained things, I realized I wasn’t missing anything and that Orlando has crafted a first issue that’s solid for both new and old readers. This is a comic I was really looking forward to out of DC’s “relaunch” and it definitely delivers.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Aco
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review