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Badger #1

Writer: Michael Baron

Artist: Jim Fern

Colorist: Paul Mounts

Cover: Paul Pope

1First Comics

Devils Due Entertainment

War is hell. Norbert Sykes knows this. War can fracture a persons psyche. But what if your psyche is already on the edge. Norbert does his best to cope, taking on an assignment that allows him to feel normal, k9 unit. Since losing his partner, people believe him to have gone off the deep end. If only they knew.

Michael Baron hits us with a blast from the past, with a newly relaunched Badger with a newly relaunched 1First Comics! And for a first issue of a relaunch, this was a fantastic issue. Michael does a great job of getting deep into the mind of a person on the brink, on the edge of a precipice of greatness.

Jim Ferns art fits perfectly with this reimaging of this cult hero. From the paneling, to the details of the backgrounds. Paul Mounts also brings in his beautiful colors. Bold colors, sharp lines make this issue a treat to read, as well as examine all the nuances.

Paul Pope's cover, to me, is catching to the eye. With our hero, bright and bold striking a dynamic pose, set against a dark, muscular Badger (as it is his namesake). The coloring and detailing of the badger is what impressed me with this cover. From the impressive details of the fangs, to the fine lines of the coarse fur, complete awesomeness.

I, for one, am excited at this relaunch, and feel privileged to be one of the first few to review this book. We have comic legends doing what they do best. It's stuff like this that makes me glad to be a comic book nerd. And I say that with pride.

Rating: 5/5


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