Killmonger #1 (of 4) Review
• Marvel (Publisher)
Okay, Mr. Hill, you have my attention.
I rarely read Marvel anymore. Too many events, too much hype, too many relaunches, too many cash grabs. Killmonger #1 is easily the best Marvel comic I've read in years. It capitalizes on the strength of the Black Panther film yet feels right at home in the 616 Universe.
The writing is very strong and grounded. Even as the fantastical happens around him Erik feels real maybe extreme but he feels like a real person with nothing to lose. Brian Hill has a firm grasp on this character's voice and I'm excited to see more. This will be the first Marvel series I add to my pull list since Secret Empire and I'm genuinely excited at the prospect.
The art for the series is dark, gritty and violent. It perfectly meshes with the story being told and the stakes for failure. The action is quick and brutal with the blows being hard-hitting and bloody. One particular sequence made me wince while reading.
It will be interesting to see how this story develops since it apparently takes us so far into the characters past. The comic opens with Killmongers defeat of T'Challa and the reclamation of his birthright. I'm curious to see if we'll see much beyond that moment or if this series will just fill in the gaps up to that point. In any case, I'm totally onboard. The character has been criminally underrated in the past and it is nice to finally see him get the attention he deserves.