Thursday, May 12, 2005

Indy Comic Week - ArmorX

ArmorX #1

Artist: Andy Smith
Writer: Keith Champagne
Colorist: Rick Hiltbrunner
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Editor: Stephen Nilson
Back Cover: Bart Sears

Summary – Carson Deeds, a bullied high school student finds a super powered exoskeleton of unknown origins. Peter Parker, this kid is not and he plans to use it to get retribution.

Review:

An alternate take on the high school nerd turned hero. This takes a look at it from the 21st Century perspective. The main character is kind of odd. He’s not really likeable, but at the same time you feel sorry for him.

The supporting cast surrounding Carson includes his grandfather Dodger, a former pro wrestler, Leon & Rob, two kids who have been picking on Carson since he can remember, Whitney, a blind girl that Carson tutors and is interested in and Rico, a former pal of Carson’s turned jock. Rico is a really good guy, but for some reason Carson despises him now.

Overall this is a promising first issue of the series. Andy Smith’s style is similar to Bart Sears (who does the back cover for the book). The colorist and letterer are the same on Iron Ghost, giving this line of books a pretty consistent look.

This comic seems like it will be exploring various social issues involving teenagers and whatnot. I’m not sure where this is going to go next, due to the last page, but that would be my guess.

If you used to be a fan of X-O Manowar then the character design for the armor should interest you. The seeds are planted here for what looks to be a pretty good series.

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