PopCultHQ received an advance review copy of THE RED HOOK Vol. 1: “New Brooklyn” TPB from Image Comics. Available June 6th, 2018, the creative team for this series features writing and art from Dean Haspiel.
Here’s PopCultHQ’s spoiler-free review of…
In Shops: June 6th, 2018
Winner of the Ringo Award for Best Webcomic 2017, this book collects the first volume of THE RED HOOK, a super-thief who is bequeathed the Omni-fist of Altruism and transformed into a hero against his will a year after a sentient Brooklyn’s heart is broken and physically secedes from America.
PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review:
THE RED HOOK Vol. 1: “New Brooklyn” TPB
Dean’s writing for Red Hook is quite frankly fantastic. It is straightforward and witty and full of great hero one-liners. It’s like he took a deep drink from the same well that Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Stan Lee and so many other stalwarts of the Golden, Silver and Bronze Age drank from. Not one line, not one word of this TPB’s writing will leave readers wanting. This is a Dean Haspiel win all the way.
Dean’s art is also a big win. His style is sleek, yet a bit rough. To this reviewer, it is a means of showing the crazy world that Red Hook lives in, a Brooklyn that is its own land with new rules. So what does this lead to artwise? Nothing short of spectacular superhero brawls, eye-popping splash-panels, and out-of-the-world action.
PopCultHQ’s overall assessment:
For all who love comics that tell tales that are of the same stuff of times past, this is a trade worth picking up. For all who love comics that tell fresh stuff and make it enjoyable to even the newest of comics readers, this trade is the “right stuff.” In short, it’s a good thing to have and read again and again.
5 Out of 5 Stars
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Writer/Artist – Dean Haspiel
Publisher – Image Comics