Red Circle: Inferno #1

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Greg Scott Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 12, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 4
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  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Aug 15, 2009

    It's an interesting story structure that plays on the "Red Circle" name, and I'll stick with it through all four chapters that Straczynski is writing. However, there really isn't anything all that interesting in these revised high concept versions of the MLJ characters nor is there the quality of story and characterizations that Alan Moore was able to present in his Minutemen incarnations of these generic superhero types. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Aug 15, 2009

    While DC Comics may deserve some praise for their originality, the new Inferno may be a bit too strange and untraditional for readers to sympathize with. His un-handsome looks won't make things easier. The complicated mystery as to the origins of this new Inferno may actually scare new readers off instead of attracting them. Maybe DC Comics should have just stuck to the Golden-Age version and used a fire-breathing carny who fights crime. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    IGN - Daniel Crown Aug 12, 2009

    Ultimately, the little bit of fun that is to be had within Inferno falls under the umbrage of the bigger picture. While this particular character proves an absolute and undeniable dud, the idea of re-implementing Archie's classic characters back into the mainstream continues to be a rather inspired end-goal. Here's hoping that next week's The Web can follow the lead of the Hangman and provide the sort of justification for this that Inferno has so enthusiastically misplaced. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Aug 18, 2009

    The concept of Inferno is not as unique as it seems at first glance either. A hero with two separate identities has been done with Captain Marvel (the DC and Marvel versions) Marvelman, and even Thor, the Hulk and MLJ's Red Rube. We have the added twist of amnesia here, but it is not really enough to make everything fresh. As I said, the art takes me away from the story, and the script just seems too simple. While Starczynski is famous for complicated scripts with multiple layers, the introduction of the characters and time between the regular series may be too long to keep up interest. I'm going with 1.5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

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