Monday, 1 July 2013

The Owl Issue 1 Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By J.T. Kruhl
Art By Heubert Kahn Michael
Cover By Alex Ross

Published By Dynamite Comics

Genre
Superhero, Action

Synopsis

Nick Terry was a police officer who took on the mantle of 'The Owl', a crime fighting vigilante trying to rid the streets of crime.  After being ask to trap himself in 'The Urn', a magical object designed to trap all good and evil inside.

After being trapped for fifty years, Terry is back and ready to reclaim the persona of 'The Owl' but has time passed him by?

Review

Dynamite Comics has a growing stable of pulp crime tales and there seems to be no sign of it slowing down or the quality sliding.

This title, a resurrection of the old comic book character, keeps up the momentum and, if anything, improves on it with some intelligent writing and great art work.

J.T. Kruhl has crafted a wonderfully fast paced adventure that really serves as a great introduction to the character.  I loved the way the story starts off with old fashioned artwork and story telling before jumping in to the modern day.

That's when the writing kicks it up a notch and really gives up a great addition to an already full pulp title stable.  This four issue mini series really looks like it's going to kick it up a notch.  The back story really makes the ending give the reader a punch in the gut but in a good way.  I can't wait to see what is going to happen next.

Art wise, there is some great work here.  Like I said before, the fact that the story starts with art work that wouldn't look out of place in the golden age of comics before jumping in to the modern era of comic book artwork really gripped me from the beginning page  right until the end page.  I really liked how the action scenes pop off the page as well.

All in all, I can't wait for issue 2.  The fast pacing and the action packed moments  as well as the glimpses in to the characters back story as well really make this a title worth picking up.

Story 4/5
Art 4/5
Overall 8/10

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