Rating: 3.5/5 – Predictable, but enjoyable.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
I didn’t have much knowledge of Quasar before reading this first issue. I knew he had his own series in the 1990’s, and I’m not quite sure if he’s been around since then. So I decided I’d give the first issue of Quasar a try. And why not, the text box in the bottom right hand corner told me that this issue featured the “Untold Origin of Quasar”. I must say I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this first issue! It was well written, which shouldn’t be a surprise once you know that Mark Grunewald was the writer, and well drawn by the underrated and consistent Paul Ryan.
In the letters column of the second issue of Quasar, Mark Grunewald talks about wanting to write this book for ten years after introducing the character back in 1979’s Marvel Two-In-One number 53. He didn’t get the chance right away as both the amazingly well written Squadron Supreme series, and the surprising D.P.7 both required his attention before Quasar. After D.P.7 got cancelled, the entire creative team moved out of the New Universe, and back into the Marvel proper universe launching the first issue of Quasar in 1989. Wendell Vaughn is Quasar, and as this issue opens up he’s just a normal teenager in training hoping to become a Shield agent. At the same time and in the same place of his training, Shield is investigating a pair of powerful bracelets that were worn by the previous Marvel Boy, who we learn in this issue mysteriously disintegrated himself after using the those same bracelets. So…the unused bracelets are in the same place where Wendell Vaughn is training…well, I’m sure you can guess what happens next. It’s predictable, but still enjoyable.
Artist Paul Ryan does a great job with the art in this issue. His art doesn’t take on that exaggerated muscular, and out of proportion 90’s look that most comic book fans don’t have fond memories of. His art has such a comic book/house style feel to it, but in the best way. He draws a lot of great action scenes, including some great scenes that are very similar to DC’s Green Lantern when Quasar uses the bracelets to form a ram, hammer, and even gigantic fists that Ryan draws beautifully. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I remember ignoring this book when it originally came out, but after reading this first issue, I’m now looking forward to catching up on what hopefully will be one of those underrated series that got lost in the 90’s.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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