Rating: 3.5/5 – Bryan Hitch tells a compelling story to go along with his impressive art.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Imagine if the real life actors of the Avengers movie actually got thrown into the “comic book” movie world which they acted in. That’s the premise behind Real Heroes. Bryan Hitch, who’s mainly known for his Marvel work on the Ultimates and Captain America not only draws, but writes as well. Although it remains to be seen if this series can ultimately be a success, this first issue shows that Hitch can tell a compelling and solid story to go along with his already impressive art.
The ideas introduced in the first half of the book will no doubt take you right back to Hitch’s time on the Ultimates. There’s a Hulk-like character battling the Olympian throughout the city of New York. As the story unfolds, we’re introduced to the rest of the cast that all bear an obvious similarity to the Avengers including Tiny Titan (Wasp) and The Patriot (Captain America). But, this is Hollywood…it’s not real…or is it? Hitch takes the normal superhero story and throws in a couple big surprises that makes it something more. I didn’t see some of the plot twists coming and I’m excited to see if he can keep those surprises coming, or if it will turn into just another superhero book and something we’ve soon from Hitch before.
Hitch’s art is as you’d expect, which is fantastic. He packs so much detail into each panel and the amount of detail in the opening double page splash is surprising, even for Hitch. It’s not surprising to see Paul Neary inking Hitch’s work as they’ve consistently been a powerful duo in the past, and the coloring by Laura Martin is perfectly matched. It’s a great looking book that will hopefully not see delays that Hitch is sometimes known for. I’m hoping that Hitch can keep me guessing with what comes next. I wouldn’t say that this book completely hooked me, but it has me intrigued enough for the next couple of issues to see what happens next. I know that the art will will deliver, that’s not the question. It’s Hitch’s storytelling over the long run that still remains to be seen.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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