Vigilante: Southland #1

Vigilante: Southland #1

Writer: Gary Phillips Artist: Elena Casagrande Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 26, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 7
6.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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Donny was feeling pretty settled in his cushy life. Even though his girlfriend was politically active, he never gave social justice or racial issues any time. So, when Dorrie discovers something she shouldn't have and ends up dead, no one expects Donny to be the guy to carry on her work-but that's exactly what he does, putting on a mask and taking to the streets. He soon finds himself tangled in family history, political conspiracy, and a plot that goes far deeper than he ever imagined.
Set in the heart of Los Angeles, this new VIGILANTE series raises an old question while making it relevant to our times: when you witness bad things being done, how far would you go to set them right? Written by Gary Phillips, noted writer of the Ivan Monk series of novels, and drawn by Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk), this hard-hitting tale of revenge and redemption takes the Vigilante into a whole new danger zone.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Oct 27, 2016

    At its best, the Adrian Chase Vigilante series served as a commentary on the increasingly violent culture emerging in the US during the late 80s and early 90s. Its certainly a topic that bears further exploration today! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Enrique Rea Oct 28, 2016

    Vigilante: Southland #1 is the first chapter of what hopefully will be an immersive mystery story full of intrigue, danger, and crime fighting action. We get a taste of the conspiracy aspect of the story in the debut issue as well as Donny's newfound purpose to find justice for Dorrie. It hits some familiar beats but it's only the first step in this re-imagined tale of the ‘Vigilante' legacy told in a new exciting contemporary way. Don't lose out on this solid debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 26, 2016

    Vigilante: Southland is the best book I've read all week. I haven't read everything on my list yet, and there's a ton that I will skip due to personal taste, but of all the small press and large press titles I've read, this one was the most entertaining. Kudos to the creators for not only making a great comic to read but unlike other DC titles I'll be back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Oct 27, 2016

    Readers who enjoy a good mystery or tales of street-level justice will find Vigilante: Southland an enjoyable tale. My only criticism of the series as a whole is that Donny's newfound heroism must be born of a fridging. I cannot help but wonder how revolutionary a comic focused on Dorrie would have been. Still, I cannot fault this story for what it is. And Vigilante: Southland is damn good. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Oct 28, 2016

    A strong start to the new Vigilante story. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 27, 2016

    This is a solid comic that could do with some structural fine-tuning. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Oct 29, 2016

    It would have been great to see Phillips and DC take a more opinionated and driven character like Dorrie, and have her don the mantle of a character with the history that Vigilante has. Not only that, but the writing is structurally a bit jumbled as Phillips cuts the scenes rather quickly as he ramps up the "origin" to get to what will eventually be Donnie's tale as the new Vigilante. The scene jumping felt rushed and none of those scenes made Donnie any more likable as a character. Unfortunately the story just wasn't enough to bring me back for a second issue which is a shame since I was hoping Vigilante would make an exciting return to the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Oct 26, 2016

    While Cassagrande ensures that the comic looks great, I would have loved to see more of the actual story Phillips promised us in this first issue, and as such, I could see a lot of people being put off and potentially discarding this new series before it has a chance to really get going.  Which would be a real shame. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 26, 2016

    The structure of the story is set and the characters richly introduced in Vigilante: Southland #1. Unfortunately there's no action or superheroics at all and a slow moving plot that may deter many. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 26, 2016

    Bits andPieces:  Whatever intrigue this book might have contained is ruined by poor storytelling and expanded scenes of conversation. The dialogue is okay, but the character work is overdone and the plot is sacrificed for it. The book looks good, but as a singular issue it isn't enough to make me too excited for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Oct 28, 2016

    This was unremarkable, but not unreadable. In trying to play the diversity card, the execution leans too far into the stereotypical. The only really likable character is dead. Its an uphill battle for the creative team to get some empathy for Donny going. Weak start to this mini-series. Read Full Review

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