Ignited #1 kicks off the new H1 line of comics from Humanoids. H1 is a new connected superhero universe. It features and boasts a murderer’s row of creators. Beyond the initial Free Comic Book Day release, I went in pretty cold as to what to expect from this debut issue.
It’s the first day back at Phoenix Academy High, but this year there’s no back to school excitement in the air as returning students and faculty are haunted by memories of last year’s horrific attack. So many friends and colleagues were lost, and some of those who survived underwent changes; they Ignited, gaining supernatural abilities they barely understand.
Written by Mark Waid and Kwanza Osajyefo, Ignited #1 feels like Pump Up the Volume for the mass shooting age. The first issue is socially relevant and I’m sure will make people feel uncomfortable. What it doesn’t do is feel like it exploits real world situations for enjoyment. Instead, the issue focuses on the impact of a mass shooting on the students and by focusing on their return to school. Waid and Osajyefo build a tension throughout the issue. Then figure out how to alleviate that tension.
By issue’s end, you discover the series is so much more than what has been presented creating a magical fantasy grounded in harsh reality.
The art by Philippe Briones is solid. The characters, even in the background, all have personality of their own. The students look like students. The art helps creates tension. Especially when tragedy is shown. But, what’s most important is, it all seems normal until the very end.
Ignited #1 plants a flag for H1 Comics. It shows the line isn’t afraid to touch upon real world issues. It shows it’s not afraid to touch upon controversial issues and take a stand. This comic will piss a lot of people off for that. And they’ll be the ones missing out and what is the beginning of an intriguing new world.
Story: Mark Waid, Kwanza Osajyefo (A) Philippe Briones Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Mark Waid, Kwanza Osajyefo (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Mike McKone In Shops: Jun 05, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Welcome to the H1 Universe and Ignited, Humanoids’ first ever ongoing super-powered series-brought to you by an explosive team: writers Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) and Kwanza Osajyefo (Black AF), and artist Phil Briones (Aquaman), with covers by John Cassaday and Yanick Paquette! It’s the first day back at Phoenix Academy High, but this year there’s no back to school excitement in the air as returning students and faculty are haunted by memories of last year’s horrific attack. So many friends and colleagues were lost, and some of those who survived underwent changes; they Ignited, gaining supernatural abilities they barely understand. Little do they know this is just the beginning!
(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton (CA) Will Conrad In Shops: Mar 06, 2019 SRP: $4.99
Katana’s spirit is still trapped in the body of the evil Eve-and now she must combat the schemes of Kobra with the Suicide Squad and Halo in hot pursuit! But will Halo recognize the real Katana in time? Plus, back from the dead and behind the eight ball, the magic users of Suicide Squad Black return to Earth, and the situation is worse than ever before. Sebastian Faust is on the cusp of eliminating all magic and has possessed Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc to do his bidding. Waller has to pull out all the stops to save the world and avoid losing both her teams. Not everyone will make it out alive.
(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher (CA) Will Conrad
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
In part four of “Revenge of Kobra,” Katana finally escapes the deadly dimension of the Soultaker, only to find herself trapped in the body of Lady Eve! Now she must save Halo and the Suicide Squad from King Kobra and his wife, the impostor Katana–even though the Squad and Halo see her as a mortal enemy!
Also in this issue, the heist on Gemworld got the entire Suicide Squad Black team killed. With her new squad dead, Amanda Waller is out of magic bullets. Things go from bad to worse when Waller sends the regular Suicide Squad to catch Sebastian Faust. Can their technology possibly stand a chance against a foe whom magic couldn’t defeat?
(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher (CA) Frazer Irving RATED T+ In Shops: Jan 09, 2019 SRP: $4.99
“KATANA: REVENGE OF KOBRA” part three! Trapped in the mystic dimension within the Soultaker sword, Katana and her husband, Maseo, fight the forces of the mad swordsmith Muramasa, who has amassed an army to invade the world outside-our world! “SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK” part three! Suicide Squad Black comes face to face with Sebastian Faust, who naturally makes Amanda Waller’s supernatural enforcers an offer they can’t refuse. Will the Suicide Squad make (another) deal with the devil?
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Stjepan Sejic In Shops: Jan 02, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Next stop on the Odyssey-Planet Cyborg! The space-faring Justice League travels to a new world that worships Cyborg, and meets a population that’s obsessed with body modification in preparation for a galactic war. Cyborg and Azrael clash over whether to stop the simmering standoff or continue following the clues left behind by Darkseid. Elsewhere, Starfire and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz infiltrate the society’s upper crust in order to decipher the second language on the codex.
The Outsiders are coming and it begins here as Batman recruits Black Lightning to help with his team.
Detective Comics Vol. 8 On the Outside features issues #982-987 by Bryan Hill, Michael Moreci, Miguel Mendonca, Philippe Briones, Diana Egea, Sebastian Fiumara, Adriano Lucas, Dave Stewart, Sal Cipriano, and Clem Robbins.
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(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton (CA) Cliff Richards
In Shops: Dec 05, 2018
Trapped inside her Soultaker sword, the soul of Katana is torn between staying with her murdered husband or rejoining the world of the living. Meanwhile, Kobra’s Queen, Eve, makes nefarious use of Katana’s body as she infiltrates the Suicide Squad. Also in this issue, Suicide Squad Black tries to leave its deadly first mission in the past and get one step ahead of the apocalypse warlock, Sebastian Faust. To beat the sorcerer, this magically fueled task force needs something he covets. But like all things Suicide Squad, their next mission is no ordinary smash-and-grab, but rather a jewel heist on Gemworld!
(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton (CA) Frazer Irving
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
Two members of Task Force X are back in these all-new adventures! First up: “REVENGE OF KOBRA” by writer Mike W. Barr and artist Philippe Briones. To oppose the terrorist Kobra is to earn his undying hatred, and that’s what the samurai Katana did when she killed his beloved Eve. Now, Kobra stalks Katana beyond the bounds of the Earth itself, to a supernatural world where he will steal from her everything that she has-including her very soul! And in “SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK,” by writer Jai Nitz and artist Scot Eaton, Sebastian Faust, the U.S. government’s top arcane operative, has gone rogue! To track down America’s most dangerous magician, Amanda Waller assembles a special ops team unlike any other: an expendable coven of dark arts experts including El Diablo, Enchantress and Gentleman Ghost. They are Suicide Squad Black, and they will take you to places where even the dead can die!
(W) Rob Williams (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Dan Panosian
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
While the rest of the Suicide Squad is busy with their undersea exploits in Atlantis, Amanda Waller ships Captain Boomerang down under on a mission to save his home country! Someone’s planted nukes all across Australia, and it’s up to Boomerang to hunt them down with an old friend from the Australian Secret Service. It’s one last mission as Captain Boomerang: Agent of Oz, and he’s got a license to give a bloke a right kicking!