Review: Hail Hydra #1
Peace Through Strength! Honor Through Obedience! Continuance Through Conformity! Hail Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed! Cut off one limb, and two shall take its place! We serve none but the Master—as the world shall soon serve us! It is a beautiful Utopia that Hydra has created. But when a lone figure from outside the Regime appears, could his very presence be enough to bring this perfect society to its ruin?
Remember Ian? That’d be Steve Rogers/Captain America’s adopted son from Dimension Z who was going by Nomad before Secret Wars hit. If you really like that character, then this series is for you.
Writer Rick Remender handles writing duty giving us a trippy story of Ian being dumped in a world where Hydra rules, and he isn’t quite sure what the hell is going on. It’s a cool beginning of a story of a character with sort of amnesia on the run, and also trying to do some good. It’s a decent action story of someone on the run. The amnesia aspect is a little weird, but as more issues come out, hopefully that’ll clear up.
The art is mixed. Roland Boschi does some fantastic fight scenes and some cool things with panels. But, some of the character design is meh (the Hydra police designs is straight from The Fifth Element), and just generally the art is inconsistent. The panel where a certain Hydra Agent is addressed, *cough* Ward *cough*, is an example of where the art trips up. It’s not bad, just doesn’t fit the solid story.
The issue is good, as can be expected from Remender. He tends to deliver when it comes to the story. The art is a bit of a drag at times, which is a shame. One of the better Secret Wars debut issues being released this week.
Story: Rick Remender Art: Roland Boschi
Story: 8.25 Art: 7 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read