Review: Blackhawks #1

Written by Mike Costa, Art & Cover by Ken Lashley

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Welcome to a world waging a new kind of war that’s faster and more brutal than ever before. It’s fought by those who would make the innocent their targets, using computers, smart weapons and laser-guided missiles. The new enemy is hard to find – and closer to home than we think. Between us and them stand the Blackhawks, an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.

Bias: I have similar thoughts to that of Batman: The Dark Knight. What I mean is, I thought I was going to love Men of War, and as such, Blackhawks would be redundant – but I didn’t like Men of War (At. All.), so there’s the opening for Blackhawks to take it’s place. Still, some of the preview art looks more anime inspired than war comic, so I’m not sure this will be up my alley either…

What I liked: It was a fun romp of a black-ops story. Lots of action. Lots of humor. The stories behind the various nicknames, for example, were generally humorous. Honestly, it felt very much like G.I. Joe set in the DC Universe.

What I disliked: It had the level of realism of an action/adventure, which isn’t bad, but there were a few details that made me scratch my head. There was also little introduction before throwing you into the action, which made it a bit confusing to start with.

Verdict: While it was a fun story, nothing really grabbed my interest. It wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t my thing. I’m dropping this title, without malice.

As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.

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  1. My favorite scene was probably when Canada was showing the delegate around – especially when nicknames came up. I started reading the Irishman’s dialogue with an Irish accent, only to be told that he was Ukrainian (and sounded it). Likewise, I assumed Canada was Canadian, only to find out he was from Atlanta, GA – which once again completely changed the accent I associated with him. I can foresee problems with this (you have to either constantly bring this information back up, or cause readers who didn’t read the earlier issues to miss a lot of the character interaction – not a problem early on, but if the title sticks around, it could be problematic), but it was fun this issue.

    So this issue we have set up a U.N. run task force that has equipment larger than its budget should allow, as well as a villain (organization?) with extremely high tech (nanite bombs that were ingested via a drink but can blow up a maximum security meta-human prison) – the Blackhawk’s Cobra, if you will.

    One thing I was annoyed by was from the mission itself. This was supposed to be a covert operation (ie. their involvement was to remain a secret), but they wore their symbol on all of their outfits and put it on their vehicle. Did they really think this wasn’t going to hit the web? I would’ve preferred to see pictures of the actual personnel posted, with the blog-o-sphere abuzz about who these people are (and pointing to previous footage from cell phone cameras). Maybe have the big-wigs upset that someone actually attached a name to one of the Blackhawks… Anyway, it isn’t a big deal, but it really felt like an amateur mistake to put the symbol on everything and everyone.

    As for the mysterious, hooded woman from Flashpoint #5, she appears in the bottom middle panel on page 11. I chuckled at her appearance because it looks like she’s staring with annoyance at the guy taking a picture of the Blackhawk symbol on the helicopter.

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