Written by SCOTT MCDANIEL & JOHN ROZUM
Art by SCOTT MCDANIEL, JONATHAN GLAPION & LE BEAU UNDERWOOD
Colors by GUY MAJOR / Letters by DEZI SIENTY
Static Shock is a fine example of a light, fun read. While there are many titles in the New 52 with heavy origin stories, Scott McDaniel and John Rozum write a fast paced Static comic filled with tons of action, great character development, and cheesy comedic dialogue.
As soon as you open the comic, Virgil is in the middle of a battle with a villain named Sunspot. McDaniel and Rozum do a good job pacing their bout, stretching it out for the first half of the issue. It is a classic scenario; a guy steals technology from a lab (the same lab Virgil happens to work at) and Static has to put an end it. The action doesn’t stop there though, as soon as Static investigates Sunspot’s motives, Sunspot is taken out by lasers (which is a horrible way to die, lasers hurt). McDaniel and Rozum know that action grabs people’s attention and they are right. The entire issue is fast paced and fun. The only time the story really slows down is in the middle, but the action picks back up again at the end.
During the downtime in this issue, we learn that Virgil’s family left Dakota and moved to New York. This was a nice way for McDaniel and Rozum to bring something new to the table for longtime fans and at the same time give a fresh start for new readers. The writing in this scene is superb. We can truly feel Virgil’s family values and the dialogue among his family is organic. It is real easy to make family scenes seem forced, but they do a nice job with this. This helps builds up Static as a character for me, which is seemingly a lot like a young Peter Parker. Virgil Hawkins is a joke cracking, book smart teenager… who happens to be a pretty kick ass superhero. Static’s scientific knowledge and cheesy one liners not only make him fun, but interesting to read. McDaniel and Rozum know the right combination of scientific jargon and comedy that will teach young readers new words while making grown men giggle.
The artwork in Static Shock is very angular, which hurts the comic in some areas. The two things that did not do it for me were the lack of detail on background characters and crowded dialogue bubbles in certain panels. Action scenes can be tough for some artists, but McDaniel pulls it off nicely. Guy Major also helps compliments McDaniel’s art with his usage of color. The background is filled with earthy, dull colors while Static and Virule’s gang misfits are exceptionally bright. This allows the characters to pop and allows readers to focus on them. Overall while the artwork is not as good as some of the other titles in the New 52, it most certainly not the worst.
Overall, Static Shock shows extreme amounts of potential and leaves readers wanting more. If there is any title in the New 52 that has quality material for all ages, it is definitely this one.
WRITING: 4 / ART: 4 / OVERALL: 4