Saturday, October 5, 2013
Retro Review: Static #1
Our story starts with a young girl named Frieda going to a local arcade. There she is attacked by the 5 Alarm Gang who's leader, a villain named Hotstreak, wants to spend a little quality time with her. Static then shows up and spouts some super dope fresh lingo or whatever.
Milestone founder, the late Dwayne McDuffie, used to often lament that Milestone was seen as the "black comics", a title he thought was completely unfair despite the company being founded by all black creators and this being the initial line up of it's characters.
All that being said, I actually kinda enjoyed Static #1, despite the fact that I'm clearly not the intended audience. The dialogue is rough, just a constant stream of Fresh Prince style one liners, many of which are funny but the book is just over saturated with them. But even with it's flaws, this book had a lot of charm and I can see why Static became a cult classic while the other Milestone characters faded into obscurity. The artwork is a little amateurish, but in a way that had a lot of heart, sort of like the old Evil Ernie or early TMNT. Static is a likable character and the cliffhanger at the end kinda makes me want to check out issue two. Who was Hotstreak that Static recognized him? Now that Frieda knows Virgil is Static will he get out of the friendzone? If you find Static in a dollar bin, which is usually where I see Milestone comics, I would check it out. It's not great, but it's not bad either.