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The Prowler #1 Review

Spinning out of the current Clone Conspiracy event, Hobie Brown (aka The Prowler) gets a brand new series all to himself.

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Is it good?

The Prowler #1 (Marvel Comics)

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Observations

  • Bank robbers using superhero masks. Probably not a good idea in this universe.
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  • “I’m not a hero.” Ugh, seriously?
  • I don’t envy Jackal having to babysit all these lunatics.
  • I know Jackal’s trying to seem like the good guy here, but he’s still creepy.
  • I hear ya, Hobie. Old school Madame Web gives me the willies, too.
  • Huh?
  • Is It Good?

    The art is, that’s for sure.

    The soft color palette is a little off sometimes, but otherwise, Jamal Campbell’s pencils are great. He also draws some truly exceptional action sequences.

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    As far as the story is concerned, Sean Ryan’s script is perfectly fine. He gives Hobie a good voice, makes the Jackal seem ambiguously malicious, and portrays the New U collection of villains perfectly.

    Unfortunately, the narrative pretty much stops there. We get a bunch of background info that has already been covered in the Spider-Man titles (a necessary evil of starting a new series) followed by what supposed to be the start of a major conflict. Instead, the issue ends on a cliffhanger with no weight or purpose. We have no idea why Hobie is in danger or what he was even doing.

    That being said, it’s still a solid opening chapter. Considering how good Ryan’s dialogue is (and Campbell’s aforementioned beautiful art), I’ll definitely be sticking around to see what comes next.

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