Red Circle: The Hangman #1
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Red Circle: The Hangman #1

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Tom Derenick Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 5, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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  • 7.8
    IGN - Dan Phillips Aug 5, 2009

    But that said, after reading this issue, I can no longer say that I have no interest in the Hangman as a character. JMS has done his job and done it well, and I now care about a character that I previously knew nothing about. One down, three to go. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cohen Aug 7, 2009

    I think the creative team offered a great reintroduction to the character and it was an enjoyable surprise to read. This issue has a little bit for everyone--the Old West, Straczynski, the supernatural, and the Hangman. If youre interested in new characters, than check this issue out and look into the coming co-feature in The Web. In the meantime, come back next issue for another new character: Inferno. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Aug 9, 2009

    The art is powerful but lacks a sense of mystery. It reduces the Hangman to being another muscular two-fisted brawler instead of the haunting figure of punishment and mortality in archaic garb that we see on the (very well-done) cover. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 8, 2009

    Hopefully the remaining three characters to get their own "The Red Circle" one-shots (Inferno, the Web, and the Shield) will have a little more pizzazz in their introductions. Right now, this first one-shot is an attractive comic but it just isn't hitting the high mark that it needs to for people to get excited, wanting to read more. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Aug 10, 2009

    The art has a nice raw feel to it, a little reminiscent of the Villagrans. There are some occasional hiccups with the colors, but overall it is visually appealing. The cover by Jesus Saiz is a real treat, and I actually prefer his rendition over the muscle bound one in the story, but it works with the team drawing it. The story is an old one, with the Faustian deal and night induced transformations, but you can see some upcoming plot twists with alter-ego conflicts. But I think that, for its intended purpose as an introduction, this one shot serves well. Having said that, I think that it could have been a little more served by showing the character in action through history and just introducing Dickering's current situation in the last few pages. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 8, 2009

    There's potential here, but it feels a bit too quick, and more than a bit too familiar for my tastes. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 10, 2009

    The same can be said of the title character's origin and mission. Straczynski provides his readership with the latest spin on the supernatural, avenging-angel hero archetype. Essentially, he takes the Spectre origin and replaces the 1940s cop element with a Civil War-era doctor. Not only is the plotting generic, but the dialogue as well. This was a disappointing read, as this certainly doesn't seem like the same kind of fare we got from the acclaimed writer of The Twelve and Thor over the past couple of years. Read Full Review

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