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Static shock. Rebirth of the cool
McDuffie, Dwayne
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DC Comics is revamping its old superhero universe by launching 52 new titles (known as the "New 52"). Although all the books' stars existed in DC's old universe, and despite some of DC's major heroes having multiple titles, many of the new books belong to less well-known characters. This volume's protagonist, Static-the teenaged Virgil Hawkins-has certainly been one of the more obscure heroes in the DC pantheon. Virgil and his family recently moved to New York City, and Virgil, still in high school, must fight various villains while maintaining his secret identity, doing well in school, and having a social life. Although Static, a wisecracking science genius, is similar to the young Spider-Man, writer/artist McDaniel (Batman) and writers Rozum (Xombi) and Bernardin (Push) have differentiated him by making Virgil more self-confident than the early Peter Parker ever was. McDaniel portrays Virgil's civilian life well with his bold, blocky artwork, but the unusual panel layouts he uses make action scenes difficult to follow. Verdict This entry to the New 52 is an average but well-executed superhero book, appropriate for all ages. Recommended for fans of the 1960s Spider-Man or the more recent Ultimate Spider-Man.-Robert Mixner, Bartholomew Cty. P.L., Columbus, IN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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