This week, I am diving into a new comic out on the market. The Black Hood which is written by Duane Swierczynski (Moon Knight, Punisher, and The Immortal Iron Fist) and the art is done by Michael Gaydos (Alias, Powerless, and Manhunter), so you know it has a good power team behind it. From now on I am going to do my best not to spoil the comic for the future readers, but I will tease a bit of it for you.
I need to start by saying that this issue is one of the best first issues I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It is really powerful, without being too over the top. Duane does an excellent job of creating a realistic character in this day and age, without us feeling like it is an impossible connection to modern day reality. Let’s be honest, at one time or another we have all thought about trying to protect people, or trying to save someone from their bad situation. It treats us to a cop by the name of Greg Hettinger, and his struggle with drug addiction, and wanting to do something, to be something more than what he has become. It honestly makes you think about what life does to us when we are down and out, and how many people have issues with what we do with what life gives us.
So the story is one of pain, like most origin starts to a story. It starts with Hettinger breaking up a gang fight in front of a school. Now with the way things have been over the last few years, this hits almost too close to home for a lot of people. So Hettinger of course takes it seriously, and steps in trying to break the fight up. Unfortunately he catches a shotgun blast close to the face, tearing the right side of his face to pieces. In steps the Black Hood, who was known to be a vigilante in the city for years. Doing exactly what any vigilante does, he is breaking up the fight. Hettinger tries to get off one final shot to stop all of them, and the bullet goes astray hitting…
Seriously, this comic is a must own, and I am really interested in seeing what they will do with this character. He is dark, he is gritty, but he is so real. He feels the emotion that a real person in his situation would, and it breaks him.
The overall writing is perfect and impacting, which really helps ease us into the story, but the art is just perfect for this style of story. Gaydos does so well with his art style. It’s really original and really adds to the story telling aspect. I think the visuals are just stunning. Keep an eye on this story in the future, and stay tuned for more details/reviews coming up!
Adam’s Rating – 9