Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Hero 9 to 5 Issue 1 Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Ian Sharman
Art By David Gray and Yel Zamor
Cover By David Gray and Yel Zamor

Published By AAM / Markosia

Genre
Superhero, Comedy, Action

Synopsis

What if being a super hero was just like any other job?

What if you fell in love with your arch enemy?

What if your sidekick had a crush on you?

Meet Jacob Reilly, aka Flame-O. He didn't want to be a hero, he wanted to be a rock star, but now he's stuck working for Heroes for Zeroes, and his life is about to get, really, really complicated. 

Review

Ian Sharman, creator and writer of the 'Alpha Gods' series, returns to the superhero arena with 'Hero  9 to 5', an action packed comedy full of heroics and laughs.  The important question is does this title live up to the high standard set by that title?

The simple answer to that is it most definitely does.

'Hero 9 to 5' starts the way it means to continue.  There is action, cynical but very funny humor and a hell of a lot of nods to the where the characters lives are going to be going next.  That's one of the major strengths of Sharman's writing.  He always manages to make the things that are happening to the characters there and then incredibly important yet at the same time putting in a lot of hints as to what is going to be happening in the future.

That leads to the readers being excited about the next issue in whatever series he is writing and that's no different here.

In this issue we are introduced to a couple of the main players with quite a few looks at his relationships not only with his team mates but also at the rival team of heroes as well.  I loved how they showed the nature of the relationship between them all.  The writing comes across as a mixture of his work on 'Alpha Gods' mixed with a bit of the 'Kevin Smith' style writing.

Art wise, the panels by the team of Gray and Zamor really explode off of the page and hook the reader in.  One of the things I really liked was that the character designs really seem to fit the way they are written.  My favourite of these being the design of Jacob Reilly, aka Flame-O.  It just seemed to fit the character like a glove.

All in all, this is an absolutely brilliant first issue and really hooks the reader in.  If you like your superhero stories to be fast paced and have a lot of humor in them without over doing it then this is the title for you.

Story 4/5
Art 4.5/5
Overall 8.5/10

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