Written by Steve Orlando
Art by ACO , Hugo Petrus, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
“I’ll burst your eyeballs and punch my fist into your liver.”
If I can say one thing about Midnighter #1, it definitely scratches my action itch for the week. Midnighter is a man that revels in violence and loves to come up with new and inventive ways to brutally kill his enemies. If the quote above doesn’t emphasize this, then ACO’s art work here definitely will. The panels are expertly laid out making all of the inventive action very easy to follow. I especially enjoyed the x-ray panels showing the broken bones of the poor schmucks whose day Midnighter is ruining. It is very reminiscent of the x-ray mode in the recent Mortal Kombat games, which is actually a good thing in my opinion. If you want to make your character a badass, then taking some ideas from a game filled with badasses is definitely not a bad way to go.
There are some pages in the beginning that shed some light on the mystery villain of this book, but the story in this issue basically just serves as an introduction to the title character, and you definitely get a real sense of who Midnighter is. If you like over the top violence and don’t mind the occasional gay sex scene, then I would say you will definitely get a kick out of this book. If those things don’t strike your fancy, then you want to look elsewhere. I am interested to see in the future how Midnighter develops as a character. Orlando has given him a solid base to grow from here and I hope the first arc takes full advantage of that.
Like I said earlier, the story in this issue is mainly just concerned with introducing the reader to Midnighter. I thought that was fine, but if you are looking for a book with more plot to it then you definitely want to look elsewhere. I’m not saying that future issues won’t develop a decent plot, but this issue is definitely more about establishing character than telling a story. On a side note, the mystery villain doesn’t really have that stellar of a debut here either. He doesn’t really do anything that I haven’t seen before a thousand times from other mystery villains in the past. Hopefully he gets fleshed out into something worth while in future issues too.
My only issue with the artwork is ACO’s facial work. Some of the characters, especially Midnighter’s new boyfriend, have a weird constipated look. That is just me nitpicking, though.
Midnighter #1 is a very solid introduction of the character to new readers and is filled with all of the over the top violence you can hope for. ACO’s art work is fluid and his panel work makes all of the liver punching really easy to follow. If action is your thing, then give this book a chance.