Review: Armor Hunters #1 – They Are Here
✔ Use of M.E.R.O. as a central power
✔ Threat established
✔ Artwork and colors excellent
✔ Addition of previews
✘Hunters could use a bit of personality
It’s the Hunters Vs. Earth
The Armor Hunters have now touched down on Earth and made their presence known, even more than Aric when he made his first appearance. This right here is how you start an event. One which connects a world full of heroes who would all rather work as a team to stop the approaching threat than see their world burn. Leave it to Robert Venditti to handle such a conflict on this scale. There was no question that he couldn’t with the scope of X-O Manowar.
Armor Hunters is off to a good start so far. Aside from an explosive ending, this issue was more of one that would set the course for the rest of the event. An inevitable event that’s all for the destruction of the X-O Manowar armor, and now everyone is caught in the crossfire. Most of the questions except for the real threat of the armors is pretty much addressed right away. Something preferred to see from a first issue like this when a foundation needs to be laid. We know the threat and what is at stake if those involved fail to take down the Hunters.
The one thing that stands out among everything else occurring is the place M.E.R.O. has taken. In every shared universe created there is always some sort of central power or organization which acts as the policing force during these kinds of situations, and M.E.R.O. fills that role. Colonel Capshaw may not be the most likable character, though she surely is one who carries that same presence as many like her do in that position of leadership. It adds a sense of legitimacy and diplomacy when the world is in peril.
Doug Braithwaite was the best choice for Armor Hunters. If not only because of the way he handled Unity, a book which demanded that attention to detail and handling giving life to something worldly. Laura Martin as well on art should not be forgotten as her style of coloring is what brings about a certain level of realism which makes everything pop out to an extent. The depth created from the variations is great as well. The way this issue looked felt almost as if you were watching an action film.
Armor Hunters #1 again is off to a good start. This issue had a great build up to the very end, and leaves us with good enough reason to see all that this has to offer. Not certain whether to say if you aren’t aware of everything that happens before this to jump straight into this event. The premise is fairly straightforward, though it would help if you had a little knowledge of everything or enough concerning the X-O Manowar beforehand.
It is also worth mentioning that the sneak previews at the end for Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 and Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 were great additions to this issue. After what we’ve seen from this first issue of Armor Hunters it is good to have an idea as to how this will affect the other books connected to it. They prove to have potential and the connections they make to the world around them have a lot to offer.