Rating: 3.5/5 – Meet the Rich
If you’re old enough to remember the original Green Team, you’re probably not able to spend your Social Security check on these funnybooks in the first place. If you remember their all-too brief cameo in issue 3 of the first Ambush Bug mini-series (a must read issue for any DC fan!), you’re still probably dealing with mortgages, bills and keeping a roof over your head. Wouldn’t it be great if you had all the money to do anything you wanted? Ever?
What if you could use it to become a superhero?
It’s a tribute to the original Green Team that this new squad kept most of their original monikers. Commodore Murphy and J.P. Houston are still here, but Cecil Sunbeam is now Cecilia, and Abdul Smith is now Mohammed, the son of an African king. It’s a nice tip of the cap to the five people who probably bought and remember the original book.
Murphy, also known as “64” for the 64 trillion dollars he stands to inherit (yes…you heard right…trillion) (and by the way, give yourself a pat on the back if you know the other reason why it’s funny a guy named “Commodore” has “64” for his nickname!) wants to use his wealth to change the world for the better. He funds even the most outlandish projects from inventors who just need a little capital to get them going. He talks about how there’s a responsibility among his generation to do better by the world they inherited.
And then there’s the super-suit.
For all their wealth, the Green Team are still normal people who will bleed if you prick them. That’s going to change if Murphy has anything to say – and spend – about it.
Things move slowly this first issue. We’re introduced to the four main characters of the team, and we even see a bad guy, albeit one whose motivations aren’t quite clear just yet. IG Guara’s interiors (coupled with Amanda Conner’s covers) make this series a solid read for any fan of great artwork. Art Baltazar and Franco have proven they can grab a younger audience with Tiny Titans and the like. How well they’ll fare with a slightly older readership remains to be seen, but this title is off to a very good start.
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