The New Challengers #1 from DC Comics -
Trina Alvarez. Robert Brink. Moses Barber. And KRUNCH. Yes...Just KRUNCH. Four highly skilled people in their own unique specialties, from herbal healing to espionage to flat-out violence - four people snatched from the brink of death and selected to form the latest iteration of a legendary team of explorers, heroes, and saviors. Their mysterious host, and director: a shadowy, enigmatic mastermind known only as The Prof. Snatched handily from the very jaws of death, each is given a tattoo that tracks how much time they have to complete each mission before their borrowed time runs out. Trina Alvarez. Robert Brink. Moses Barber. And Krunch. The New Challengers of the Unkown. Their mission: To uncover, confront, and solve the mysteries of the universe...Or die trying.
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I have been waiting for this FOREVER!!! In true Scott Snyder fashion, The Challengers of The Unknown return, with a new team, and a new director - this looks AWESOME! Teaming with Aaron Gillespie, Snyder introduces us to The New Challengers, four folks who definitely did NOT sign up for this, but were selected by The Prof (Ooh, could it be?!) to either save the universe or meet their Maker. There is NO third option. These protagonists are pretty interesting, and their initial meeting is full of drama and that great tension of a team aborning. We only get an in-depth backstory on one of our protagonists, Trina Alvarez, expert herbalist, healer, and community leader from the mean streets of Gotham; she's one tough cookie with a heart of gold. The story is explored from her point of view as she encounters her new teammates, and embarks on their first missions. Even though she seems to be the main protagonist, reader beware! This comic seems to be one of those where getting attached to a specific group or a specific character might not be a great idea. I have a feeling, we are going to be seeing a LOT of death in this series. Are Snyder and Gillespie going to rope us into these characters and pull the rug out from under us by murdering them in horrific ways? Gee, I sure hope so! Tee-hee!! I found myself easily wrapped up in this story, wondering what special skills each person has and enjoying the Fantastic Four-y flavor in the team's initial tension; and I am intrigued. How are these non-powered folks expected to solve the mysteries of the universe? This I gotta see! And the seeing is going to be REALLY fun with Andy Kubert's wild, imaginative pencils and Klaus Janson's expert inks! The New Challengers is not an earth-shattering read, but it is one important thing that comics should be: a whole lot of fun. This series is LOADED with potential, and I'm sticking around to watch it unfold.
RATING: 8.75 out of 10.
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