The first chapter in the all-new adventures of MIDNIGHTER joins renowned writer Steve Orlando and acclaimed artists Aco, Stephen Mooney and Alec Morgan. Between the supercomputer wired into his brain and the enhancements saturating his body, the living weapon known as Midnighter doesn’t face a lot of real challenges to his uncanny combat skills. Lucky for him, he enjoys beating the tar out of low-level bad guys as much as the high-end ones-and since his recent breakup with his first love (and fellow superhuman) Apollo, he’s had plenty of chances to engage in his unique brand of physical therapy. Now, insanely dangerous weapons are beginning to pop up all over the globe, wreaking havoc on society and complicating Midnighter’s professional and personal life. As the outbreaks pile up, tracking them back to the original thief becomes an overriding imperative . Collects issues #1-7 of the ongoing MIDNIGHTER series.
Gay Edgy Batman
Gay. Edgy. Batman. Three words I bet you never thought you’d hear, huh? However, that is exactly what you’ll get when you open up this book and I can’t say that I hate it. Midnighter is amazing and complex as a character; however it’s buried in this book but if you squint past the blood and exploded eye balls, you might see it.
First things first, there is action and fighting and blood and witty remarks galore in this book, all hallmarks of a good comic book. Midnighter has a no nonsense approach to crime and is not afraid to cross the line when it comes to bad guys. But he’s also fair and understanding of the human condition, the desire for revenge, the fact that there are shades of gray and I appreciate the way he navigates this. Batman believes there’s right and there’s wrong and if you end up on the wrong side, no matter how right you were to do so, you’re his enemy but not Midnighter and that’s why I like him and his original series, Stormwatch. The problem is that this isn’t delved into enough here. Rather this book is all about how he struggles with his identity and how being Midnighter and nothing else affects his life. Which I’m okay with, this is the first book after all and plenty of time to get into other juicier themes.
Speaking of finding himself, one of the main reasons I support this book is the LGBT representation here. His sexuality isn’t the punchline to some joke, it’s not flaunted and it’s not hidden, it’s treated NORMALLY and I loved the romance aspect of this novel. We need more of this ergo we NEED MORE MIDNIGHTER (*whispers* and Apollo).
It’s good to read in your downtime, the panels can be a bit confusing sometimes and the dialogue a little dead but definitely potential and I would definitely invest in reading this book.