Dark Reign: The Hood #1
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Dark Reign: The Hood #1

Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Kyle Hotz Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 27, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 31, 2009

    I love that Marvel acknowledges where this character came from by hiring Kyle Hotz, the artist on the first Hood limited series, to bring him to life in this spotlight once again. Hotz gets the dark edges of the Marvel Universe, the quiet but pervading supernatural tone and the extreme personalities that gather in this story. He handles the crowded villain scenes quite well, but even with his exaggerated style, he able to convey Robbins's humanity in later scenes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Daniel Crown May 27, 2009

    To me, this is much more interesting than a simple thug's ascension into a position of power. And thanks in large part to Kyle Hotz's outstanding return to the character he helped create, this issue proves a more than worthy follow up to what is perhaps Vaughan's most underrated story. Ignore the Dark Reign logo and re-label it in your head as The Hood No. 2. There is plenty to like here, even for the character's biggest detractors. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Corwin C. Crowl May 26, 2009

    If you have read the original Hood series then this book pays off in more ways than one. Kyle Hotz makes a return to the character he helped create and his art is a welcome change. His exaggeration of oddly thin legs can get some taking used to but his style dark really fits the mood of the book. While certain characters may seem oddly thin, Hotz varies body types as we see some big muscular villains in the club scene. The colorist also uses a muted pallet to give the story a very dreary grey feel that again works with the story being told. I am curious to see how readers who have not read his first series relate to this book. There are so many different directions this story can take that it makes it hard to know if this series will be worth the five payments of $3.99. But I can say so far it has been an interesting ride and I will be there to see what life has to throw at Parker Robbins next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew J. Brady May 26, 2009

    Parker does set up some interesting developments here, like a possible mutiny among the supervillains, and a mysterious person tracking the Hood with murderous intent. It should be interesting to watch it play out, but hopefully a reason for the series' existence will come into focus, since right now, it seems to be an excuse for Marvel to release another comic with the "Dark Reign" banner plastered on the cover. Parker is using the opportunity to try to give the character some dimension, but hopefully it won't be a pointless exercise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt May 28, 2009

    Overall, there's little to complain about, but similarly little to get excited about unless you're specifically a fan of the character. Doubtlessly, the cliffhanger will leave existing Hood fans itching for the next issue, but in all honesty, I had to hit Wikipedia to decipher the importance of the final page reveal. Parker just about gets away with it, but when one suspects that the majority of the audience will come to this book as I did -- out of "New Avengers," rather than the previous "Hood" series -- you have to question the wisdom of an ending like that. Read Full Review

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