Advance Review: Pilot Season: Stealth #1

By | May 5th, 2010
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So what does the next installment of Top Cow’s Pilot Season have in store for us as readers? To tell you the truth until I read this issue all I knew about it was that the cover looked awesome. I was actually pleased that I didn’t read the solicitation until after I read the issue itself. Don’t worry though if you’ve read the solicitation it wont ruin your experience as there is plenty about this issue to love.

So before we get ahead of ourselves if you’d like to read the solicitation it’s below this for your reading pleasure. It’s your choice to read it or not. Either way check out the review after the jump.

Pilot Season: Stealth #1
(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Sheldon Mitchell (Cov) Marc Silvestri

From the creative minds of Image partners Robert Kirkman & Marc Silvestri!
Todd Carey is recovering from a nasty divorce, his daughter is flunking out of college and he’s just learned that his father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Unable to really take care of himself, Todd has allowed his father to move in with him. What Todd doesn’t know, is that his father is the masked vigilante STEALTH… and has been his entire life. Stealth has many enemies and his erratic behavior could easily get him killed–and all this trouble falls squarely in Todd’s lap.

Full Color 22 pages $2.99 pilot issue

I’ll just go ahead and lay this out there for you right up front. This issue was highly enjoyable and you should buy it. Yep, there it is. You should BUY this book. It succeeds on three fronts that make it worthy of your hard earned casholla. I would be happy to detail those for you. Read on friends.

The first reason is that the concept behind Pilot Season is to provide comic readers with fresh new concepts that fans can get behind. It’s a fun experiment that tends to turn out more good comics than bad. This issue takes the concept of a fresh and new idea and dunks it with the power of Dwight Howard and the elegance of Lebron James. The idea of a superhero suffering through the late stages of Alzheimer’s is a very neat idea. I really would like to see this as a maxi series. A long run wouldn’t work but a maxi with the same emotion present in this story would be amazing.

Reason numero deuce that this issue is worth the $2.99 it’s cover price asks for is the writing, as is standard Kirkman, is brilliant. The way he transitions pages and moves the story along should make any writer envious. By the end of the issue I found myself with just enough attachment to the characters that when I closed the book I had a quick, “well damn…now what?” moment. This is another testament to Kirkman’s skill as a writer.

The third and final reason you should spend your money on this book is the art. Sheldon Mitchell’s art isn’t something I’moverly familiar with but I think I’d like to be after reading this issue. Mitchell with this book is able to show the breadth of his talents as he gets an opportunity to showcase his ability to draw the emotional and the uber cool action shots. I’d really like to see this guy get a chance to do more with this book. I’d like to see him on a Batman title as well.

So in the end we just come back to the beginning fanpeeps. In case you skipped the middle though I’ll recap for you. This title was fresh, well written, and oh so pretty! If those descriptors don’t appeal to you then I think there is some Super Pro out there somewhere with your name all over it.

Final Verdict: 8.0 Buy it suckas!

Brandon Burpee

Burpee loves Superheroes, Alaskan IPA, 90's X-Men and is often one more beer away from a quotable.