Issue by Issue – Silverhawks #1

Writer – Steve Perry
Artist – Mike Witherby
Inker – Jim Sanders III
Colours – John Wellington
Letters – Jack Morelli

The first issue of Silverhawks is one that introduces both heroes and villains alike as well as gives just a bit of an origin for the armoured warriors who fight on the side of good. Steve Perry and Mike Witherby begin it all with a prison break as Mon*Star breaks out of his cell thanks to the rays of the Moon-Star which gives him his power. There is little anyone can do to stop him and so after his successful breakout, he frees the other prisoners from their cells, most notably his henchmen. A call for help is made and the book cuts back to Earth where readers are shown the Silverhawk program and the latest men and women to graduate from it – Quicksilver, Bluegrass, The Copper Kid, Steelheart and Steelwill. They are sent off to space to deal with the escapees and they do just that as Mon*Star rushes to meet them in battle and take them out before they can do anything of note. That being said, the villain’s plan is for nought as this new team of Silverhawks turn out to be well-trained and they fight off the man and his cronies to win the day, though they would fail in recapturing any of them. Perry does a decent job of making the book enjoyable enough and Witherby makes it look quite faithful to the television series. The only downside to it all was that it was a little too lighthearted, though to be fair, this title was meant for those that were much younger than the comic-reading audience of today. Another very slight negative is that it flew by too fast, never usually a bad thing when it comes to a comic but it would have been nice to see a little more within the pages, to expand the lore so to speak, just a bit more to give those who picked up the book a little more to grasp onto. That being said, it was fantastic to see Mon*Star become the armoured villain that he is in the show and seeing Tallyhawk was even more of a bonus as that bird is perhaps the best character in the whole show. It is hopeful that in further issues, a little more background on the various characters is shown and that there is just a bit more action to keep it fun and enjoyable. As it is, this was a good start to the series even if there was not as much to it as one would have liked.

3 out of 5

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