The Black Hood #3

The Black Hood #3

Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Michael Gaydos Publisher: Dark Circle Comics Release Date: April 22, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 7
8.6Critic Rating
9.6User Rating

"The Bullet's Kiss," Part 3. The Black Hood is supposed to be dead. Shot, de-masked, autopsied, buried. So who's running around town in a ratty black hood, declaring war on the underworld? The City of Philadelphia is electrified by the fleeting glimpses they see on social media - but both the cops and the drug gangs want him stopped at all costs. However, the new Black Hood may not have to be stopped; he's coming unglued all on his own.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Apr 22, 2015

    It's not too late to jump on The Black Hood. I know some are like isn't that the Archie book on that one imprint and yes, yes it is. And you know what? It's one of the best damn superhero books I've read in a long time. Not since Warren Ellis' run on Moon Knight have I wanted to read a series more than I do The Black Hood right now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 22, 2015

    THE BLACK HOOD has become one of my favorite reads, and we're only a few issues in. Hettinger is this incredibly intriguing character and his journey is incredibly fascinating. Swierczynski and Gaydos play exceptionally well off each other to create this dim but intriguing book that is really hard to put down. Check out the first two issues of this book if you're in the mood for something that's really character driven and quite gritty. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Apr 27, 2015

    Michael Gaydos' art is so dark and descriptive, that it makes me wonder if the grit on display is exactly what Swierczynaski envisioned when this project was conceived. Kelly Fitzpatrick's coloring is the visual cog that makes this thing go round and round. Three issues in and it's clear that The Black Hood is going to be something special. If you're apprehensive of picking this up on the shelf due to the unfamiliarity of the title and publisher, don't be. Pick up the first two issues and jump on the bandwagon before it leaves the station. Trust me, you'll be glad you did. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Paul Nolan Apr 21, 2015

    Michael Gaydos art, coated with Kelly Fitzpatrick's hues, exudes grit and grime. A permanent duskiness amplifies the atmosphere of the comic. It's a hand in glove fit for Swierczyskis words, and the final package we're presented with is a perfect example of modern pulp fiction. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Apr 21, 2015

    Is the book perfect? Not quite. Criticsmay argue that having the speech therapistdevelop possible romantic intentions is clichd and having Hettinger come across like Batman shows little imagination. But I would argue that there has to be someone who Hettinger cares about for the fear of loss to carry any emotional weight and truth be told, it is little refreshing to see a vigilante move away from his own personal crusade to help when he can, without the Uncle Ben moment.If you like your tales of retribution and vengeance wrapped in the cloak of chasing personal demons, this book is for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Apr 21, 2015

    Michael Gaydos art, coated with Kelly Fitzpatrick's hues, exudes grit and grime. A permanent duskiness amplifies the atmosphere of the comic. It's a hand in glove fit for Swierczyskis words, and the final package we're presented with is a perfect example of modern pulp fiction. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 23, 2015

    Black Hood continues to be a tough read in a good way because you become so in the mindset of the title character that it can be quite dominating. Hettinger's story here works through some familiar things as he hits bottom and starts to crawl out, but it's a crawling out that has him crawling into the hood instead to find out who this new version of him will be. As time goes on, it'll be easy to see that Hettinger becomes the mask while the Black Hood is the real him, and since he gets to deal with the things he never could as a cop in a primal kind of justice way, following that path is going to be very enticing considering the results that he gets. This installment puts us further on that path and it's very, very well done across the board as a solid piece of crime fiction with vigilante aspects. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Enrique Rea Apr 22, 2015

    Like the titular hero,The Black Hoodis finding itself, not settling to be just another vigilante book. It's just as concerned with the person beneath the mask as it is with the search for justice. Hettinger is flawed and scarred, certainly not the face of a superhero, but one that is riveting and that's what makesThe Black Hoodso compelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson May 2, 2015

    The Black Hood continues to be the most realistic take on masked crime-fighting.  It's gritty, but not in the overused way we've seen describe certain modern day comic book movies.  It's rough around the edges, focused on a flawed character that's grasping on to this mask as a lifeline, albeit a bloody and incredibly violent one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Apr 22, 2015

    Despite the shortcomings, the issue had good pacing and the panels flowed together nicely. Rachel Deering's colors reflect the different direction Hettinger was taking and Gaydos' artwork continues to capture the essence of the characters and the city. However, I can't get past the plot in this issue; it was generic and uninteresting. Here's to hoping Hettinger's dark side returns, but after this issue the chances of that happening seem limited. Read Full Review

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