Captain Midnight #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Fernando Dagnino Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 31, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 1
6.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

On the run from the US government after fleeing custody, Captain Midnight has been labeled a security risk. In the forties, he was an American hero, a daredevil fighter pilot, a technological genius . . . a superhero. But since he rifled out of the Bermuda Triangle into the present day, Captain Midnight doesn't know what or who to trust!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 31, 2013

    I'm very interested in this series. There are some indicators of where the story is going, but the biggest thing that has me interested is Captain Midnight's limited role in the story thus far. I don't know what he's thinking or planning, just that he's a super fucking genius and stubborn as hell. I mean he had a day and he improved upon a modern jet that he's never seen before. That's cool. I think this story is awesome and I'm looking forward to more for sure. It's easy to compare it to Captain America, but there's something new and exciting about this. I would recommend it to someone that likes Captain America and I wouldn't be surprised if they ended up liking it more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Jul 28, 2013

    Captain Midnight #1 is a success. I could find myself reading this series on a regular basis. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jul 31, 2013

    Overall, I am intrigued by this first issue, and recommend it if you are looking for a fun, yet very modern take on a golden age character. Dark Horse went a bit meta by not only reintroducing the comic book reader of 2013 to Captain Midnight, but introducing the character to the year 2013. It may seem like another rehashing of the "man out of time" principle perfected years ago by Captain America, but there is so much more going on. Throw in an added layer of mystery with hints of conspiracy and what seems to be a cast of interesting supporting characters and I'm undoubtedly interested to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Statues And Superheroes - Steven Viscido Sep 11, 2013

    Overall, this was a solid comic that was worth a read and had a lot going for it. There are definitely some issues, and I'm not sure that I will keep on reading it for the long term, but it was definitely good enough that I will pick up the next couple of issues and see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 31, 2013

    CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT is bridging the gap between old classic pulp characters and modern comics. Josh Williamson has taken a character that (in the story) was last seen during WWII and has somehow traveled into the present. Whether it's intentional or not, Williamson gives the Captain a feel as if he was actually written back during that time period. The art and colors makes the story feel completely in the present and we're seeing the mystery of Captain Midnight's mission unfold. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT is a fun series and you should definitely check this out and be sure to track down the zero issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jul 31, 2013

    Fernando Dagnino nails the action. His art is kinetic and exciting. The slower scenes look okay, but it's when the characters are flying across the page, jump kicking, snapping necks, or sliding in from helicopters that the book really soars. Captain Midnight isn't the best-looking character, as far as his design is concerned, but Dagnino makes him look great. I'm ready for more Captain Midnight. Ready for more Nazi punching action and more polar bears. Well, I don't need the polar bears... but it'd be nice. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Aug 2, 2013

    Entertaining, pulpy as all hell and a little bit ridiculous? Yeah, that sounds about right for the "debut" issue of Captain Midnight, following up on the heels of the Zero issue collecting the shorts from Dark Horse Presents. Josh Williamson finds a happy medium between Lobster Johnson and Captain America in this issue, breeding an atmosphere that's almost a character in the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Crux - Chris Lear Aug 1, 2013

    All things considered, it is an absolute blast with some great twists on familiar tropes. There are also some promising characters, most especially and ironically enough, Fury Shark. If I had to ask how much killing is going to happen over the next few issues, there would be one possible answer: lots. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Josh Crews Jul 31, 2013

    Dark Horse has another solid book on its hands here and the potential for a great one. Readers should definitely check this book out, especially if they already enjoyed the zero issue or the FCBD story. Fans of Williamson will surely want to see what he's up to on this book as well. Captain Midnight #1 leaves off with many unanswered questions, and the promise of much more action in the oncoming issues. Williamson is guiding the book well and if the art is consistent, this book will be a hit for Dark Horse. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Aug 5, 2013

    If this story has to graduate from just another comic book looking to cash in on some silver age nostalgia to an actual franchise capable of turning Captain Midnight into a household name, then it needs more, much more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Sean A. Guynes Jul 29, 2013

    Captain Midnight #1 is worth a try, because maybe your sensibilities are different; but I was rather let down. There was a lot to live up to following the zero-issue, and while Dagnino delivered exceptional page layouts overflowing with great art, Williamson's script detracted from the overall atmosphere of what we got a month ago in Captain Midnight #0. But don't let this stop you from taking a look yourself. This book could easily become one of the best new series of the year. I'm looking forward to seeing where Williamson and Dagnino take us next! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jul 31, 2013

    The art is nice to look at though, with well drawn characters and great colors. The only downside to this art is that it is really not given anything amazing to show. Nothing really pops out or is very eye-catching, except maybe the the Red Skull looking guys that are green and glowing. Also, there some rather nitpicky art flubs, but that's it. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Aug 2, 2013

    Dark Horse has been promoting Captain Midnight as an important part of their superhero initiative. I suppose that made me expect more from this issue. It's a solid first issue, with room to turn into an escapist, fun series. However, there's nothing here that seems to indicate "important event series" that would birth a segment of a company's titles. Maybe Captain Midnight will develop into a strong title, leading to other superhero titles for Dark Horse. However, that doesn't feel inevitable just yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Randall Austin Jul 31, 2013

    Captain Midnight #1 didn't quite win my confidence. Perhaps it was the busy day I had at work, or perhaps the story really lacked. I think what really sunk the ship for me was the heavy dialogue. I'm not sure if I would move to the next issue. But like many shows out there, I do try to give extra chances. I think it's worth a shot to read issue 2 and 3. This is a three part series, so you never know. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 31, 2013

    "Captain Midnight" #1 is off to a solid if not overwhelming start, but it's also understandable. Overall, Williamson and Dagnino have kicked off the series well enough to come back for a second issue, and that it's on a path for the momentum to start building. Best of all, for a revamp of a character from quite some time ago, this feels modern and accessible to new readers. That's exactly what readers can ask for. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Jul 31, 2013

    Judging by the ticking of the clock, its almost time for Captain Midnight to strike. This time he has come back with a stronger punch and a few more tricks up his sleeve. Though the titular character doesnt get much time in this issue, its an improvement over the last. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jul 31, 2013

    Captain Midnight #1 isn’t bad, but the creative team needs to step it up and give the veteran hero the respect he deserves. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Jul 29, 2013

    Captain Midnight suffers from attempting to remain loyal to the original incarnation while appearing modern. Unfortunately it fails on both counts. Fans of the original radio serial, which ran from 1938 to 1949 or the television series Jet Jackson, Flying Commando, may have more patience for this series. I, however, do not. They may have "stole his future" but this issue stole my time and unfortunately I can not "take it back". Stay for the simplistic fun, leave for the lack of originality. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Alex Jul 31, 2013

    Captain Midnight has an okay first issue, but there is nothing that is incredibly complex here. Something else on the stands is probably more worthy of your time. Read Full Review

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