Saturday, March 5, 2016
Standoff: Welcome To Pleasant Hill #1 Review
Standoff: Welcome To Pleasant Hill #1 from Marvel Comics -
Bucky Barnes has been filling in for Nick Fury out in space, protecting Earth from cosmic level threats. Imagine his surprise when he detects said threat on Earth itself. Sneaking into a top-secret S.H.E.I.L.D. base, he finds that Maria Hill has been experimenting with a power far beyond her ability to control...And the world goes black when he's caught by a S.H.I.E.L.D. Q.R.F.. When the world returns, a young amnesiac is found and brought to a sleepy little town called Pleasant Hill where all seems right with the world. But, of course, it's not. It's not long before this young man senses something terribly wrong and tries to escape the town, but his escapes are thwarted at every turn. Finally surrendering to the town, he takes odd jobs and begins to settle in...Until he meets a shadowy figure in a house fire that offers him a key to his past, and answers to his present predicament. But the mayor of the town, a charming, but astute and dangerous woman named Maria Hill, suspects that the young man is being less than forthcoming about the house fire; and she aims to keep Pleasant Hill...PLEASANT.
Nick Spencer pens this engrossing Wayward Pines-like tale. This over-sized kick-off has plenty of the elements that make a great superhero/mystery mash-up; lots and lots of questions and plenty of answers...Answers which may, or may not, pertain to the questions. It's a fun little puzzle with Mark Bagley's astounding artwork helping to fit the pieces together. In Pleasant Hill, nothing is as it seems. Stellar kick-off to this series!
RATING: 9 out of 10.