Review: Invisible Woman #1

Invisible Woman #1

Invisible Woman #1 puts the spotlight on Sue Storm. The story takes her out of the Fantastic Four and into S.H.I.E.L.D. Written by Mark Waid, the debut touches upon a role she’s had in the past but not one that’s been used a lot.

Beginning with a past mission, the debut issue has a friend from the past in need of help and kids in need of rescue. It forces Sue to take matters into her own hands to do what’s right and help a friend in need.

The first issue is a fun start. Waid uses Sue’s powers well in the situations she’s put in. It has you questioning why this hasn’t been done before as it’s such a natural fit. Waid also has Sue stand out from other spy characters like Black Widow by focusing on her unwillingness to kill. Those two things make Invisible Woman #1 feel a bit differently than a Black Widow story but beyond that, it’s a pretty standard spy tale.

Where things stumble a bit is the focus on the many roles Sue has. She’s been a spy, she is a mother, a wife, and a member of the Fantastic Four. That’s a lot of hats for one person. She slips from one to the other a bit too easy though. I didn’t get a sense of her running off on this adventure impacting the rest of those responsibilities. A bit more focus on that would add a depth to the story that would make it really stand out. It’d also differentiate Sue from Black Widow beyond the invisibility and unwillingness to kill.

The art by Mattia De Iulis is interesting and rather unique. I’m not quite sure how to describe it but it’s a style that stands out from the rest of the comics on the shelf.

Invisible Woman #1 is a unique take on the character. It makes her more than the Fantastic Four though doesn’t use that to make the comic stand out from other spy adventures. Still, this is a start that seems like it’ll be a fun ride. Waid has shown he can use Sue’s powers to make the action more interesting and the art by De Iulis brings that all to life in a dynamic fashion.

The first issue didn’t blow me away. But, this is a miniseries I want to read and see where it goes. Whether that’s as single issues or together as a trade is unknown. Invisible Woman brings a unique story to the shelves that’s worth checking out.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Mattia De Iulis
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review