Justice, Inc.: The Avenger #1
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Ronilson Freire
Colored by Marco Lesko
Letters by Troy Peteri
Cover art by Alex Ross, Walter Simonson, Francesco Francavilla, and Marc Laming
Release Date: June 3, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99
Justice, Inc.: The Avenger #1 is the latest in a long string of hits from Dynamite Entertainment adapting classic pulp heroes. These books are some of the most under appreciated books on the stands today. Seriously, you need to be checking these books out, and let me tell you why…
MARK WAID everybody!!! Yes, that’s right. When you want the job done right, you get the best guy to do it. Fresh off his outstanding run on The Green Hornet, Waid takes a turn with this character. Now, The Avenger isn’t exactly a household name like The Green Hornet or Doc Savage, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less awesome. The first thing Waid does that’s great here is keeping the book set in the 1940s. We’ve seen companies try to update pulp characters for modern times to different degrees of success, but they absolutely work best when the stories take place in the era in which they were “born.”
In this first issue, Waid not only tells a great story, but he manages to weave The Avengers origin, his status quo and even introduces his crew into the book, and before long The Avenger is off and running on a really exciting adventure.
Ronilson Freire is the artist on this book, and he’s the perfect choice. His style is SUPER detailed without being distracting, everything looks like belongs in the world that he and Waid create, and his ability to convey 1940s super technology is uncanny. He also draws great action sequences, his panels of drama are perfect and never boring. In short, he’s really one of the few artists that could pull off this book.
I’ll be honest, there’s a lot of competition out on the stands right now. The sheer number of books being put out by the comic companies is a little overwhelming. BUT, this is one of the rare gems that you need to seek out if it wasn’t all ready on your radar. It’s a refreshing change of pace from all the other comics on the stands, and at its core, is simply just a great comic!