Midnighter and Apollo #1 (DC)

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CREDIT: DC Comics

Rating: 3/5 – Failed to Make me Connect with the Characters.
By ComicSpectrum senior Reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

I’ll start off by saying that I’ve never been all that big a fan of Midnighter and Apollo. Although I really enjoyed The Authority when it first came out, I liked the team more than some of the characters as individuals. Over time and as DC has tried to bring these characters back in one form or another I usually gave them a try, but they always failed to connect with me. Now, DC is putting out an all new mini-series starring these two popular characters and after one issue, I’m feeling the same way.

I’m a fan of the creative team of writer Steve Orlando and artist Fernando Blanco and although there’s some really strong Blanco art, the writing failed to make me a fan of these characters. The last I read of Midnighter was his appearances in the Grayson book and to be honest, I’m not sure where I saw Apollo last. Unfortunately, Orlando never fills me in or catches me up on just what either of them have been up to. I’ve written about this a few times before, but since DC doesn’t use any recap or intro pages, it’s up to the writer to fill me in on what I need to know when reading a new series if there is backstory to the characters. Orlando fails to do so with this first issue.

What I do know is that the two are currently somewhat partners both domestically and as heroes as we get to see them in action fighting a gigantic monster made from train cars, as well as a quieter moment in their apartment. I’m not clear on who the villain is, why Midnighter and the villain are such intense enemies, and just what happened with the two heroes’ relationships previously to make them the reluctant partners they appear to be here. There’s just so much I’m not sure of and in a series that’s only six issues long, this first issue failed to hook me.

I really enjoyed the art in Midnighter and Apollo #1 and it made me wish that I liked the story that much more. Blanco is able to tell a story and direct an action scene, and absolutely delivered on the action scene where Midnighter is running through multiple train cars taking down villain after villain. It’s just not enough to bring me back for more of this series. Since this is only a six issue mini-series, I’ll have to wait to see where these characters appear again. For now, I gave them another try but unfortunately like most of the previous times, these are two characters who keep missing the mark with me.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
(shawn@comicspectrum.com
)
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