Union Jack #1

Union Jack #1

Writer: Christos Gage Artist: Mike Perkins Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 8
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  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nicholas Slayton Sep 17, 2006

    All in all, this is the most enjoyable comic Ive read all week, and certainly the second best title Marvel has put out after Captain America. For a first issue, this not only catches the readers attention, but keeps them entertained. Theres no gimmick or crossover here, just straight forward, exciting story telling. Theres a great cast of characters, a spy-thriller feel, and some wonderful action. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new book or some butt-kicking-Brit action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Sep 17, 2006

    So Union Jack is like an international 24 with superpowers and a bit of British flavor. Great dark art from Andrews and Hennesy. Action, drama, class warfare, irony, a few twists, and even a couple of vampires. Definitely worth the 3 bucks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Charles Emmett Sep 17, 2006

    Its nice to see a genuinely fresh new book on the market, one not relating to some mega-crossover event, or reeling from it. Union Jack is likable and reminds us that its okay to have a little fun reading your comics instead of analyzing them for Shakespearean references and cameos. Union Jack is a rare treat from a publisher so obsessed with a Civil War that it can barely give the time of day to anything else, which makes it just the more satisfying. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Diana Kingston Sep 17, 2006

    In any case, the dialogue is tight and effective (aside from two clumsy exchanges between the Arabian Knight and Sabra), and Gage does an excellent job in setting up the dominoes. Based on this opening chapter, Union Jack has the potential to offer an exciting action story, with a threat thats extremely credible without being too over-the-top. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 21, 2006

    On the surface, this is about super-heroes rushing to stop the rampage of various villains for hire. But the real conflict brewing under the surface is about an idealist everyman facing off against a corrupt administration. It's easy to see that Gage is talking about American problems with these British characters and backdrop. A satisfying moment is that the hero's ultimate rebellion against his corrupt "masters" is to speak openly, and even more satisfying is the impression that his honorable and idealistic decision may have been the wrong thing to do. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Sep 23, 2006

    In summary, you can't go wrong with vampires and Union Jack. Sadly, the book doesn't fully explore Union Jack's role as a vampire killer. Instead, Gage teams him with dubious helpers and throws him against the terrorists d'jour. No vampires, no sinister beekeepers, no reason to read if it's a choice between this and Nextwave: Agents of HATE. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Sep 17, 2006

    I applaud the attempt to do something different with Union Jack and distance him from his well worn vampire-hunting roots, but due to the simplistic and naive approach taken, the Tom Clancy shenanigans come across as ill-fitting and unconvincing. Ed Brubaker is having a much more successful go at the spy/superhero sub-genre over in Captain America, Union Jack has had more entertaining, albeit vampire-soaked, outings in the past, and the story of a broadly similar character is told in an infinitely better manner in Images Jack Staff; only a Union Jack completist need bother with this, and I doubt there are many of them around. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Judson Miers Sep 17, 2006

    Unfortunately, the book really just doesnt have anything to offer me. The artwork was descent enough, but there was just too much clumsy dialogue sprinkled with pseudo-British jargon. The worn conflict between the hero of the commoners and the mouthpiece of the rich and powerful where too little information is given to our band of heroes just plays into the sense of how many times have we been here already? Save your money and buy just about anything else. Youll be money ahead Read Full Review

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