Reviewing The New Age of Heroes
Maybe DC Comics isn’t so into “re-branding” themselves as much as Marvel has over the past few years but they aren’t an innocent party either. So what is this, “New Age of Heroes” anyways? Have you been reading the mega-event Dark Nights: Metal? If you have then you’re right where you should be, if you haven’t, much like myself (I was able to withstand those shiny and metallic covers) then you’ll be as lost as I was reading these newest heroes stories. Lucky for you, the writers explain a little bit of what happened, and even luckier for you, I’m going to let you know which new age of heroes hero is the best and which one is a snooze-fest.
Starting from my favorite to my least favorite, let’s do this.
The Silencer #1
The Silencer was easily one of my favorites new age of heroes. Honor Guest, yes that’s her name, has tried to make a “normal” life for herself after earning her freedom from the Leviathan. We all know there’s no such thing and after an attack from an old foe and a visit from the one and only Talia Al Ghul, her normal life will soon be ripped from her hands. Not if she has anything to say about it first…
Silencer has a cool look and an even cooler power, the ability to form a sound proof barrier around herself, making anything she does inside this bubble silent. The book that’s written by Dan Abnett and penciled by John Romita Jr. is fun and action packed, well worth a read.
Sideways is another new hero with some really cool powers. Derek James has the ability to “rift” through dimensions, letting him travel insane distances in seconds. Rifting through the space time continuum obviously has its catch, and there’s a giant baddy at the end of Sideways #1 that I would not want to face off against.
The only problem I had with Sideways was the dependence on what happened in Gotham during Dark Nights: Metal. I do think however that Justin Jordan and Dan Didio do a pretty swell job bringing you up to speed on just how Derek received his powers.
Damage is only rescued from being last because it’s just better than the next one on the list. Damage is a Doomsday/Hulk/Red Hulk reject who only has one hour to use his powers. A man who entered a secret military project to only become a monster who’s unleashed and unable to control is angry destructive powers is so cliche but, at least the action drawn by Danny Miki and Tony S. Daniel was entertaining.
The Terrifics #1
You’re in luck, if you really want to read this snoozefest you only have to nap through 3 issues. The Terrifics lost me at Terrifictech, T-Spheres, Nth Metal, and the fact that Plastic Man apparently has a “super-conductive reaction to the energies of the Dark Multiverse”. It was like reading a school text book. However, The Terrifics are almost saved by Plastic Man’s comedic demeanor, space lice, and the appearance of Tom Strong. Really though, how has Plastic Man not gotten a revamped costume? I’m leaving…