Review: Noble #1

One year after The Event (go check out Catalyst Prime; The Event for more information), David Powell is on the run.  His memory has gone, yet he is not forgotten by a wife who watched him die when he stop between destruction and the planet Earth.  Along with the amnesia, Powell has fabulous telekinetic powers and is currently on the run from, well practically everyone.  Still, the love of a good woman knows no bounds as Astrid, along with her own secrets, sets off on a mission to bring David home.

Noble is a book by two industry regulars in writer Brandon Thomas and artist Roger Robinson, both of whom have spent time on both sides of the comic book aisle.

Brandon Thomas has worked on Civil War 2 for and Robin for the big two as well as spending time with Dynamite Entertainment and Image, the latter being the critically acclaimed Horizon book.  With such a pedigree, it is a little surprising that this issue is so formulaic.  Formula may be one thing, but there has to be a hook for any new character and apart from the one long, engaging and entertaining fight scene I am not sure that I am seeing it.  Still, the fight scene is well choreographed as it is used to highlight David’s powers.  In a comic book, “show” is always much better than “tell”.

Speaking of the “show” side of things artist Roger Robinson, whose work can be seen in Batman: Gotham Knights as well Solo Avengers staring Hawkeye is on hand to fill the fights scenes with dramatic poses, panels of high action, displaying movement and pace throughout the book.  Whilst that all well and good, I was more impressed with some of the details that Robinson has woven into his art.  True, there looks to be some Mark Bagley influences in play, but I am not going to hold that against him!  Where the can be improvement sis in the quieter panels of the book;  the first pages which are need to give the reader the emotional resonance, fails to pack that wallop as Astrid Powell looks a less than engaged in her own life.  With the action base of this book, I am sure that this may turn out to be a minor quibble at best.

Reading the book, I was aware of a certain vacuous experience.  Whilst comics are meant to be escapism, I do prefer my character to have something to hold onto.  Here, with a man with no past, where is the connection?  The connection is going to have to come from Astrid and her mission, which I am sure we will see  beginning in the next couple of issues.

Writing -3.5 Stars
Art – 3.5 Stars

Brandon Thomas (w) • Roger Robinson (a & c) • Juan Fernandez (colors)
PUBLISHER: Lion Forge Comics’ Catalyst Prime

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