The GeeksverseHalcyon #1

Halcyon #1
Published on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 by

Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Marc Guggenheim & Tara Butters
Art by: Ryan Bodenheim
Colored by: Mark Englert
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Aubrey Sitterson

The series starts with the heroes of this universe, a team called Halcyon and a Batman-archetype called Sabre, discovering that crime, armed conflicts and violence are going down. Terrorists kill their own leader. More disasters then criminal acts. And then the world’s most wanted and feared super-villian surrenders.

But thats part of his plan.

We don’t get much in the way of the super-team, only a couple really get spotlighted and become more then just a name. What is given is fairly interesting, with some decent personality quirks involved. I’m glad that Guggenheim stayed away from the traditional archetypes, it makes the book more interesting and not just another take on the same old thing. There are the standard archetypes, a Superman (in this case woman), Batman, Flash and Doctor Doom, but each has enough differences to be decently unique.

Would this premise have worked in a clone book? Sure. But that it’s not a clone (and by that I mean straight analogues for the archetypes) makes this a stronger book. It makes it more interesting.

Does this work as a first issue? Kind of. The story isn’t about the super team as much as it’s about what happens to a super hero world without any crime. In that regards it works. In regards to being a first issue about a new super team? It doesn’t work.

We’re given enough to support the story’s premise, not enough to support the team. It’s almost as if these characters are just a means to an end. The story isn’t about them, they’re just players in the overall story.

Guggenheim does provide some strong work though. Zenith thinking and worrying about debris from fighting a giant robot is refreshing, as that kind of collateral is never mentioned in most books.

Bodenheim’s work is crips and clear. His characters are highly detailed and well done. The only thing he lacks is in some of the backgrounds, as even the characters end up lacking in some background shots and aren’t as detailed as when they are in the foreground. He’s got a decent grasp of storytelling as the panels and layouts flow smoothly. Overall it’s strong work. Not the most exciting art but it works for this story.

Halcyon #1 receives
4 out of 5

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