Sunday, February 22, 2009

War of Kings: Darkhawk #1(of 2)

Overall- This is going to be a quickie review, so hang on. Basically, we find out that Chris Powell(Darkhawk)has left California and moved back to Long Island, to live with his mother and his two brothers. Chris(as Darkhawk)is working at Project Pegasus(as readers of the splendid "Nova" series already know)as the head of security. While on duty one day, one of the U-Foes, Vector I believe, escapes captivity and Chris is tasked with bringing him back in. The two battle in the skies above Project Pegasus, and when Vector tries to grab the amulet on Darkhawk's chest, the Darkhawk armor takes control of Chris' actions and kills Vector with a massive blast.

Needless to say, Chris is shocked at this and lands to check out the dead Vector. One of the scientists from the Project approaches Chris, and with out looking, he strikes her, knocking her to the ground. Realizing that once again, he seems to have lost control of the Darkhawk armor, Chris flies away and de-powers.

Chris finds his old Loner teammate Mickey Musashi(formerly Turbo of the New Warriors)and tells her what happened. The two spend some time together, and everything seems fine, until Chris and Mickey arrive at Chris' mother's home and the Darkhawk amulet starts to glow red hot under Chris' shirt. Without warning, another Darkhawk crashes nearby and tells Chris that he(the other Darkhawk)is here to save Chris. Before this new Darkhawk can tell Chris what the hell is happening, a huge blast from the sky strikes the Powell residence, appearing to incinerate the entire house.

Well, that was a heck of a cliffhanger! The story was OK, but let's face it, for a cover price of $3.99, I was expecting better. As an added bonus though, this comic also had a reprint of Darkhawk #1 from the 90's. That's nice and all, but since I own the whole Darkhawk series, the reprint doesn't really do me any good. There's really not much to say here, since this comic was really setting the plate for next issue and the upcoming War of Kings crossover. As it was, I was happy enough with this comic, and for a score, I'll go with a 7 1/2 out of 10. It was great to see Chris again, and it was also pretty cool that the other members of the Loners had a quick cameo. I really loved that mini-series!

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