Advance Review: Captain Midnight #6
Joshua Williamson is slowly becoming a name I follow in comics. Every time I pick up one of his comics, I always end up loving the experience he’s created. Captain Midnight #6 is no different. It’s a fun issue with a classic vibe.
Williamson keeps the issue feeling like a 1930’s serial based in the modern times. There is an emphasis on the fantastical and man’s ability to shape it into what he needs, and a naiveté that was only present before World War II. It never comes off as cheap or cheesy, instead playing it serious. The ending even feels like the cliff-hanger before next weeks’ episode. Williamson seems to add a few elements from Ed Brubaker’s stellar Captain America run, like Midnight fancying the relative of his old love. It surprising that Williamson didn’t borrow more, as Midnight and Captain America have a similar back-story (man brought from the past and into the future), but Williamson makes this feel different. #6 has a surprising amount of momentum too it, which made it a quick read. The only thing that breaks it up is the two page side track to see what Charlotte was doing with her grandmother. Not to say the sequence wasn’t good, it just seemed out of place considering the short nature of the segment.
In modern comics, the biggest hurdle writers have when establishing a new hero is their supporting cast. A hero is only as good as the people around her/him. Christopher Yost’s Scarlet Spider is one of the best examples of this. Williamson has developed a decently sized cast around Captain Midnight. This was the first issue of Captain Midnight I read, but I had a surprisingly firm understand of who the characters are and their relation to Captain Midnight. While I subscribe to the thought that every issue doesn’t need to be reader friendly, it’s nice to be able to jump into a series that’s six issues in and enjoy it all the same. My pull list is bursting at the seams, but Captain Midnight is a series I need to add to my pull list.
Eduardo Francisco handles the pencils in Captain Midnight #6. Overall, his pencils are great. When the crap hits the fan for Captain Midnight at the end though, Francisco’s pencils have some issues. The action seems stiff at points, and the depth level seems off in a few spots. When Agent Jones fires at Hollow near the end of the issue, Hollow looks to be less than 10 feet in front of Jones. If this is the case, why is Jones having such a hard time hitting the guy? A few bullets seems to land, but nothing should be missing if the guy is borderline arms length away. Francisco’s faces hold up well, displaying a wide array of emotions and every character having distinct features, even when they are way in the background. Stefani Renee’s colors are superb. Captain Midnight’s spandex costume stands out amongst the drab of normal life, making the hero fell more out of place.