Review: Vigilance #1

Comics and superheroes have always gone together like a hand and a glove, as it has always served as a medium for this genre. I can remember my very first impressions of superheroes involved Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. As these three characters and the universe, they eventually spawned, represented the ideals that were considered human and good. The very era in which they were created, has been mentioned numerous times, as the “good old days”, as it was the most romanticized version of America itself.

The problem that most people don’t realize, about that now bygone era, that it was only “the good old day”, for parts of the population, as any person of color, during that era, can attest, including my grandparents, as they suffered marginalization and discrimination almost everywhere thy go, as they never felt part of America, as I remember my grandmother telling me about the “no Filipinos Allowed”, signs everywhere. This invisibility and parodying of stereotypes took precedence in characters like Amos N Andy and Charlie Chan. Within the comics medium, the first black superhero was created by Jack Kirby and has come front and center in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, and a viable ecosystem of black superheroes was not fully realized until almost 30 years later, with Milestone’s Dakota Universe. Therefore, when I read about the comic book, Vigilance, I was more than excited.

In this first issue, we get introduced to Vigilance and her “super” origins, as she crashes to earth, and gets trained by another Superhero, Justice. As she saves the world, one incident at a time, as her place in this world as she more than has a purpose, but there are those who would question why. As public perception, are afraid that superheroes, don’t help humans, but handicap, as one reporter implies. By issue’s end, public perception is the least of her worries, as she encounters a supervillain by the name of Lady Thundersaw.

Overall, an excellent first issue, which puts you right in the middle of the main character’s world, as she saves humans, fights public perceptions and supervillain. The story by Micah Cox, is quite superior to many of his peers, as what could have been a pedestrian superhero story, becomes something deeper. The art by Valdeci Nogueria, is fun and reminds me of Mike Judge’s cartoon style, but feels refreshingly new under Nogueira’s art style. Altogether, much like the rest of the world, this is what “normalization,” looks like, this is the type of superhero comic book the world needs.

Story: Micah Cox Art: Valdeci Nogueria
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy