This is a character that screams tough and psychotic. This violent vigilante looks like a crazy SWAT team officer who wears a padlock around his neck. Actually, he could be a wrestler if killing scum bags proves too daunting a task. Who would win in this no-holds-barred match: Punisher vs. X? Here is your chance to see what our anti-hero is capable of in Dark Horse’s X #1.
WRITTEN BY: Duane Swierczynski
ART BY: Eric Nguyen
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 8 May 2013
I like to think that in my many years of enjoying comics, I’ve read a little bit of everything. As I’ve matured, naturally, my tastes have grown and changed. I regret not reading a lot of Dark Horse Comics hero line back in the 90s, as I do recall the artwork of the previous incarnation of X always catching my eye. But in my youth, I was pretty brainwashed into buying only from the Big Two. Thankfully, I’m able to rectify that now by trying out this new iteration of “X”.
I will say that this character seems much more brutal than other lethal heroes out there. It seems the police who are wise enough to steer clear of his hurricane of violence. They know to keep his crime scenes off the radar. Blowing up a whole building to keep his return out of the news loop? You know you’re scary when cops are willing to kill anyone who would leak the story. That’s quite the impact.
So who is X? Swierczynski and Nguyen keep that answer cloaked in shadows for now. Nguyen’s art keeps an angular look which makes each person passing by the camera lens readers keeps it fresh for readers. He seems human, able to get hurt and needs bandaging after going on a bad guy killing spree. For a main character, he’s barely in this first issue. I think he says a total of two words in the whole story. Other than the cape, this guy actually would scare me if I saw him walking down the street. Both cops and crooks want this guy dead but will they succeed? I’m intrigued enough to see how much help he’ll get next time.
3.5 / 5 Skulls
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady