Comic Book Reviews - Masks #1 Review


Created on November 28, 2012 and written by
Category: Comic Book Reviews, Dynamite Entertainment Reviews

Masks #1

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Dynamite Entertainment
Publisher Website: www.dynamite.net

Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Alex Ross
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
It’s 1938, and the Justice Party has swept into office in New York State. But the newly-elected officials are in the control of powerful criminals, who quickly corrupt the law to their own advantage. When a fascist police state is instituted, the only ones who stand in defense of the innocent are masked vigilantes like the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, and the Spider. When the law is unjust, justice must be an outlaw…

Reviewer’s Comments:
First of all, let’s talk about what is obviously the biggest deal about this issue: Interior artwork by Alex emmeffin Ross! This man holds the perma-number-one-spot for me in terms of realistic comic artists. I love you Mr. Ross.

Masks is a comic that follows, for my money, the ultimate team up for fans of old comics about tough guys. Guys who prefer to shoot guns and throw hands than to rely on powers handed down to them by means of this alien race, or that alien rock/jewel, or, most often, radiation.

Before we get into the story, let’s take a look at the team so far: At the start we have The Green Hornet and Kato, who seem like they’re walking the line between their classic roots and the movie from a a little while back(which I loved). son after they get a visit from the enigmatic Shadow. And then just before the story closes, the three I just named get a visit from a man who goes by the name of Spider.
That’s where the team stands by the end of issue one, but there are hints of new members joining up. One in particular who should make a lot of fans happy. I’ll give you a hint: “Z”(That’s not a two). Some of you youngens might not have too much knowledge about some of these guys, I admit to knowing a couple of names dropped because I had a grandpa who was into comics. Still, even if you haven’t read some of these guys, even all of them, the legacy of each is enough to warrant excitement in anyone who fancies themselves funny-book fans.

The story is pretty straightforward(so far). A new political branch, The Justice Party(sidebar, can you honestly say you wouldn’t vote for them? Awesome name), comes in and takes over very quickly. But, as it would turn out, the Justice party is ran by notorious baddies. Now, the men and women who are supposed to uphold the law are corrupting it while using it at a shield. The question begged is this: Where does the law end, and justice begin. Are they one in the same? Personally, I have to agree with the quote that closes the issue, and which is in the blurb so I don’t feel like I’m spoiling anything: “When the law is unjust, justice must be an outlaw.”

The bottom line(’cause Stonecold said so): This issue was a little slow, but it was written amazingly, is about the characters that I already mentioned, and the art was done by ALEX ROSS!! Even if the story sucked(Which it didn’t) the art alone makes it worth the read. My hopes are high for the issues to come, Masks squad!
Check out this comic pulp/noir fans. It’s a good’un.

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