JD loves him some DANGER CLUB 1, by
Landry Q. Walker and Eric Jones!

TITLE: DANGER CLUB
WRITERS: LANDRY Q. WALKER
ARTIST: ERIC JONES
PUBLISHED BY IMAGE COMICS
REVIEWED BY JOHNNY DESTRUCTO

I was getting a little frustrated. Book after book I read this afternoon, and nothing screamed “review me!” Ultimate Spider-Man was the same level of great it always is, Action was a let-down and I couldn’t even get all the way through the hipper-than-thou Fanboys Vs. Zombies. Already covered in a fine sticky sheen of disappointment, I grabbed the first issue of Danger Club.

The conceit is pretty simple, but great. What if, one of the times when our superheroes took to space for some secret war, or for one of an infinite amount of crises…they just never returned? The only ones left to save the world would be the side-kicks. And much like the kids in The Lord of The Flies, when left to their own devices, they can be dicks.

We have some familiar characters, there’s a Robin-esque kid (a mixture of Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne) named Kid Vigilante, there’s an Ozymandias from Watchmen, a young Nick Fury, a Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E…but none of them feel like direct rip-offs, only homages. At this point, there are only so many powers and personalities to imbue your characters with. Every personality is going to have something in common with a famous figure. It just depends on if it’s done well. And this is done VERY well.

One of the things that struck me was that, done by anyone else, this issue could basically be the dramatic climax of a miniseries. The superheroes disappear, things go ok for awhile, until the most powerful of the sidekicks goes rogue and starts gathering worshipers, then the Danger Club takes him down. Roll credits. But not here. This is just the first issue! How ballsy is that, to start your series at the end of an already interesting concept? And it’s one thing to be ballsy, to take a chance. It’s quite another to back it up with quality.

The story, the writing and the art, are all top tier. I was about to say that these fellas were heading places, but a quick google search informed me that they’ve already worked for DC, putting out Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures In The 8th Grade…which, as I recall, was adorable and well done. This is even better, but sans adorable. This is a violent, adult-themed book, but thankfully doesn’t delve into gratuity.

This was a wicked, wild ride from cover to cover, and while I’m not sure if this is a mini-series or an ongoing, I’m hoping this book has a long road ahead of it. Pick up a copy, you’ll be glad you did.

When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here. He is also now co-hosting another Comic Book discussion show on Party934.com alongside Bohdi Zen. They discuss comics and play music, check it out live every Saturday from 4-5pm.

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4 Comments to “JD loves him some DANGER CLUB 1, by
Landry Q. Walker and Eric Jones!”

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  1. Brian_the_hutt says:

    I think this will be an underground hit. I loved it. However, after a few of us added what issues were there into our pull lists, there was only one copy left for the shelf for Wednesday’s sales

  2. jaydee says:

    agreed, sir. I hope the next issue is as good as this one!

  3. mr fancy pants says:

    I picked this up after reading the review.
    What a great build-up. I really hope they can keep this going!

  4. JD (Host) says:

    same here, brother. It’s off to a really great start, and I’m hopeful that they’ll be able to keep the momentum going.

    I’m glad you liked it, I’d hate for you to read a review and then pick it up only to be disappointed!

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