Sunday, April 25, 2010

the Spirit #1 - DC

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this issue. I wasn't really expecting much. The previous series had started to bore me long before it was over. To me it seemed like the humor that they tried to infuse into the series just became stale. And the character, really just wasn't all that believable. However, it seems to me that Mark Shultz is taking a little bit of a different approach this time. First of all, Central City is corrupt as any city can get. Everyone is on the take. So while Dolan can try to help out Denny whenever possible, he has to do so on the sly. By maintaining his reputation as a corrupt city official, it helps him be privy to information that he wouldn't get by trying to beat them from the outside. Even his daughter doesn't realize that he's trying to do the right thing. Meanwhile, the Spirit walks a fine line. He doesn't really have any powers, or enhanced cognitive abilities, so he's just playing the game with what he's got. And what he's got is the rumor that he's come back from the dead. So criminals are afraid of him because they don't think he can be killed. And the people on the street see him as a 'spirit' of justice. He's got an intricate web of information sources built up throughout the streets of Central City. And he uses that to try to figure out the actions of the Octopus and the Eight Families. There's still an air of subtle adult humor strewn throughout the book, but . . it's very feint. Anyways, by the end of this issue, the Octopus is tired of the Spirit's actions. So he hires an assassin to take care of him. A beautiful European assassin that goes by the name Angel Smerti. He hasn't seen her yet, but . . I can just tell that this woman is going to be trouble. So overall, I thought it was an interesting first issue, which actually shows quite a bit of promise. Of course the art by Moritat didn't hurt either. It looked great. I think this one will be ok. As a back up we're presented black & white stories about the Spirit by a plethora of talent. This issue's story was by Denny O'Neil and Bill Sienkiewicz. It was a nice addition to the first issue. I wasn't very kind at the end of the last series, but . . after reading this issue, I'm kind of looking forward to this one. Hopefully they have some staying power.

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