Captain Stone 1

The
world’s first and only superhero has disappeared after undergoing a cataclysmic
fall from grace in the eyes of the world. Middle-aged and unable to support his
operations he had made a preposterous claim that the world was in danger, a
notion derided by the media and the public at large. But what if the claim is
true?
Outcast writer and infamous murderess
Charlie Chance, AKA The Pet, finds herself searching for the one man who was
able to bring her to justice- Captain Stone
Writer:(s)
Christina McCormack
Liam Sharp
Artist:
Liam Sharp
Publisher:
Madefire/ Titan Comics
Vertigo has a lot to answer for. Back in the
last 80’s and early 90’s they came out of nowhere, Karen Berger almost single
handedly shaping the way not only independent comics, but mainstream comics
would go for the next 20+ years. Yet it resulted in a lot of drek that aped the
style of studio but missed out on what was the core appeal and what made those
comics work*. Captain Stone isn’t 
terrible, but there are a few points I think it could stand to shore up
on.
I mentioned the late 80’s Vertigo influence
because Captain Stone drips it. Pages or noirish dialogue-check. Rare
actual speech by the characters, instead focusing on textboxes-check. Have all
of that overlain of simply gorgeous full page artwork? Check, check, check! I
can’t speak highly enough about the artwork- the mixture of dreamlike visuals
and what seems like hand painted colouring is entrancing, as are the small
visual bits that act to illustrate story beats.
The writing itself isn’t bad either. In fact
it meshes well with the artwork. Its just the languid pace that the writing
sets. Nothing much happens in the first issue and despite all the exposition,
we don’t really get to know our character Charlie that well. The first issue
itself doesn’t even complete the info dump, given that by the end we know
nothing about the titular hero or even the world that our protagonist is a part
of.
This is somewhat eased by the quality of
writing and the artwork so I’m willing to give it a pass. But unless next issue
perks up and gets a move on, I’m consigning this to the ‘wait till it’s out as
a trade’ category.
*admittedly Vertigo missed that
themselves sometimes. For every Sandman, there was the quite forgettable Kid
Eternity.
Cover image courtesy of Titan Comics.

Captain Stone #1 is available from Titan Comics or your local comics retailer.




Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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