Heroic Publishing 2015
Written by Steve Perrin
Penciled by Pete McDonnell
Inked by Jeff Albrecht
Coloured by Janice Cohen
Sylph back up by Dennis Mallonee, Henry Martinez & Dick O’Malley
I’ve really been enjoying these stories. Yes the lead is a reprint of what’s come before but that’s okay because majority of the time it’s still brand new to many kids today. For me it’s somewhat new, I am familiar with the characters and have a few issues from the 80s in my collection but most of them are completely fresh and new. So for anyone wanting to know what comics in the eighties were like check this out and the fact that it will lead to something new that was originally intended but never got to well heck that’s just a bonus.
This issue spotlights the Huntsman and how he goes about what he does. The artwork here is fantastic and it makes me realize how much I miss the old school costumes instead of these newer streamlined more like street clothing they wear, which kind of cheapens the superhero experience really. The brown and red outfit he wears actually plays well off each other and gives him his iconic look.
So now that Doctor Demonic and Muerte have been captured it’s time for the Huntsman to clean up the loose ends. Here’s another thing that’s great cleaning up the loose ends something you don’t see anywhere else. It also happens to turn into a nice adventure as he has to defeat Demonic’s men who have been left behind to guard a machine and they have no idea what’s already happened and that their boss has been captured.
This was hugely fun to watch! I mean you really do have suspend disbelief and just go with the flow of the story. We get to see his acrobatic skills, the settings on his gun come to life and be used more like a phaser or stun gun, his gadgets like smoke grenades and the like giving the reader just how the man operates. Then seeing the Huntsman in his civilian life and learning that the adventure isn’t over well we just don’t get this kind of writing anymore. Granted it’s somewhat cheesy but it’s perfect for what it is and that’s just entertainment plus I love the way it’s been scripted, the dialogue and how the story ends it’s just so classic!
Then we get the bonus adventure of Sylph. We’ve seen her go from body to body till she’s ended up in this one. Well she does this great recap of her life and kind of her origin, we know she goes by Sylph but her true name isn’t revealed so the mystery surrounding her remains. So what is coming with her well read the introduction to this issue for more details but let it be known there are plans for her in the future!
The writing for this was really strong, it does give a lot of information while still hiding a lot but the characterization is great. Her control over men beautifully displayed. The interior artwork also very nice, expressive and gives that classic feel as well.
Folks find Heroic Publishing and come back to the good ole days when comics were fun, fantastic and full of unexplainably great feats!