Red Skull #1 Review

Posted July 2, 2015 by Jose' Rodriguez in Comic Books

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Art by: Luca Pizzari and Rainier Beredo

Publisher: Marvel

This book does two things: It introduces Marvel readers to the dark comedy that Joshua Williamson brings with his writing (although his Marvel debut was in one of the “Secret Wars” anthology series, this is his first full Marvel series) and establishes what a villain consists of in Doom’s Battleworld.

The book begins with a classic Marvel villain murdering a group of men drinking at a bar while Electro goes on about what a rebel he is. It’s from here that we meet the heroes/villains of this story, which consists of Magneto, Lady Deathstrike, Moonstone, Electro, Jack O’ Lantern and The Winter Soldier, whom is there voluntarily for a vague reason. Athough this is only a three part mini-series, Williamson doesn’t rush the story. He makes room for his trademark dark humor and character moments, all while the cast is explained that they have to kill the Red Skull (whom was believed to be dead) and the rebelliousness he stands for. This is where we learn that maybe we can root for these villains and that for once their anarchy is called for.

The art work is not pleasant, which is good and bad. This is a book about the jerks of the Marvel U. getting together and hunting one of the worst human beings that has ever existed in it. The lines are far from clean, on top of the chaos of the inks clashing with the grey colors. I didn’t like it, but I couldn’t help but admire how appropriate it felt and maybe by the next issue I’ll like it.

“Red Skull #1” takes place in a part of Battleworld that many other “Secret Wars” tie-ins are taking place in, The Shield. If you’re following the event extensively, then you might be growing tired of the insane amount of zombies this event is throwing at you throughout all the tie-ins.

While most of the “Secret Wars” tie-ins feel like skillfully crafted “What If’s…”, “Red Skull #1” is an original story. At the moment, it doesn’t seem imperative to the overall “Secret Wars” mythos, but with the character the book revolves around, there’s a chance there will be some major consequences coming out of this story. The art isn’t for everyone and some might be tired of seeing zombies, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying an well made book, especially with an exciting cliffhanger that assured I’ll be back next month.

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Jose' Rodriguez

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