Hero by Night #2 (Platinum Studios / Coffman / Patrick / Embury)
Hero by Night is the story of you. That’s right! This story is about an average guy stumbles across the means to become a legendary superhero. The first mini-series was pure genius, and the new on-going series is traveling on the same track. In issue two, our hero Jack is finding how hard it can be to balance a love life, being a landlord, and wanting to better the neighborhood with the rigors of being a city’s superhero protector. This issue has a series of traditional first time experiences for any new hero. There is the first struggle to keep his identity a secret, the first big throw-down with a supervillain which does not end well for Jack, and my favorite, when Jack has the realization that he needs to practice all the facets of being a superhero. This has all the workings that made Peter Parker such a great character. The one thing that Jack has to live up to that Peter didn’t is the Hero by Night legacy. Spider-Man may be living in a city were they love or hate him, but Jack is in a city were everyone, minus the bad-guys, loves him and have huge expectations. This can be seen when a window washer gives Hero by Night a, “Hey, don’t screw up!” pep-talk.
Coffman and Patrick do a bang-up job on the dialog and Jack’s inner monologue, which is my favorite part of the book. Jack has a ton of inner monologue in this issue as he’s jumping around the city, fighting the bad-guys, and just thinking in general. This one man conversation is highly entertaining in his pop culture references and subtle irony. Just all around fun comic writing.
Issue Grade: A+
Series Grade: A
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