Static Shock #1

Static Shock #1

Writer: Scott McDaniel Artist: Scott McDaniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 7, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15
7.1Critic Rating
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The brilliant, slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static!A mysterious tragedy forces the Hawkins family to relocate from Dakota to New York City! Virgil embarks upon new adventures in a new high school and a new internship at S.T.A.R. Labs!As Static, he dons a new uniform and establishes a new secret headquarters! But is he ready to take on the new villains who lurk in New York City's underworld?

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Sep 9, 2011

    There was little I didn't like. The new costume was a bit jarring, but I'll see how it rides and what Hardware did to it. My only real gripe here is an omission about one of the things I loved about Virgil. He was a wisecracker on par with Spider-Man, and usually throwing out sci-fi references every other word balloon. That one aspect seems to be gone, and I miss it, it made him more accessible to geeks like me. I also have a pet peeve with changing the comic to reflect the cartoon, which they did with the title, but I understand it. And I really hope they haven't maimed him this early. Static was always about fun, not "OH MY GOD DRAMA," not to mention it would make the secret ID thing harder. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 8, 2011

    Everyone's always said that Static Shock was cool, and thanks to the New 52, I finally know why. This book is energetic, upbeat, snazzy and engaging so far, and here's hoping it keeps up in the future. Take advantage of the new #1s and hop on board this one, if you like good-time comics fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 13, 2011

    Outstanding work all around - this issue ranks at #2 for this week's comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Sep 8, 2011

    Static Shock seems really under the radar to me and was a complete "Why the heck not" purchase. But this issue brings something different to the table that we could use more of. It isn't incredibly violent and bloody, it is something that all age groups could really enjoy, and it is fun and hip without really trying. There doesn't seem to be any walls Static Shock needs to break down in order to be successful in terms of story telling, the art is top notch by the way, and characterization is on track; people just need to actually buy the series. Fans of the Cartoon Network animated DC shows would really love this but I implore more people to check it out as well; give Static a chance he won't disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Jimmy Sep 9, 2011

    Overall I really enjoyed getting to see Static again; I liked his brief tenure in the Teen Titans, even if he was terribly underutilized, and hope his ongoing gets into a lot of hands. I would love for Virgil Hawkins to be DC's Peter Parker, and I think moving to New York may be the right first step for that path. I give Static #1 four out of five stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 13, 2011

    A fun read that zips along and stays true to the character's origins, but still has a ways to figure itself out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Sep 15, 2011

    POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers who miss Milestone Comics will want to at least try Static Shock. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 13, 2011

    This is some of Scott McDaniel's best work. He doesn't usually impress me when he takes on a high-powered character, but his street-level style works on Static somehow. Perhaps it's his down-to Earth attitude, perhaps it's just the wonderful color work of Guy Major, but the book looks good. This book is such fun, I can't help but smile just because it's back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Sep 10, 2011

    I have to point out the colors and special effects though. They are great! The pallette is bright, neon, and futuristic. Not so bright as in Tron Legacy but bright enough. Eye-candy! Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Entertainment Fuse - Nicole D'Andria Oct 3, 2011

    This comic is not "sensational." It is a fun romp that leads to a rather dark conclusion, pumping people up for the next issue. Although it may not be the best New 52 title, it is definitely one fans of Marvel Comics and Milestone will enjoy. The issue is, unfortunately, hard for newcomers to jump into, with little effort put into explaining who Static is. NYC is utilized here as a great excuse to introduce many new plot elements that will come into play in the future, which looks very bright for our young superhero. I'm sure Dwayne would be happy with the direction his characters are being taken in, despite some missed or overused opportunities and mediocre art. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 7, 2011

    Static was originally conceived as a modern answer to Spider-Man, and that inspiration is readily apparent throughout this issue. But as much as DC can use a character like Static, the series could benefit from some further refinement and a more economical scripting style. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Sep 8, 2011

    Overall, "Static Shock" has some punch and promise. If McDaniel and Rozum can slow it down a bit and take their time and get the art team ironed out, I think this book has real potential. I certainly hope DC can do those things for the book, as I'd love to see a success here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 14, 2011

    I'm not equipped to answer these questions, but they are ones that came to mind as I read this comic book. Maybe I've taken more away from this periodical than the creators intended, or maybe asking those questions serve as high praise. I just don't know. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Sep 11, 2011

    Well this comic was something... And by something, I mean something not very good. Here's the deal. I don't know much of anything about the Static character. He popped up in a few issues of the pre-DC reboot Teen Titans and seemed to have some pretty cool powers, so I figured I'd give this series a shot, since this would let me learn about who Static was right from the start... Unfortunately, this issue answered next to nothing about who Static is and why I should care about him. I have no clue who Hardware is. Some kind of older mentor of Static's? A Batman to Static's Robin maybe? Maybe not? Who knows. As for the story, it was pretty meh. And as for the ending, what IS it with DC and their obsession with characters losing hands/arms!? Bizarre. Sadly, this will be the first and last issue of Static Shock I'll be reading, because it just didn't give me enough to make me want to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Sep 12, 2011

    Often when a particular sight gag or visual reference in a comic book is unclear to the reader, it can be difficult to determine on whom to pin the blame. Both writer and artist can theoretically assert a plausible deniability in such cases, each one the equally likely victim of poor communication on the part of the other. When the writer and artist are the same person, however, gaffes like that are far less excusable. In other words, it's rather obvious who to take to task for making Static Shock, the DCnU book starring a revised version of the old Milestone teen character, into such an unreadable mess. Read Full Review

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