REVIEW: In MARVEL DOUBLE ACTION #1, Bat Week Begins!
In Marvel Double Action #1 by Tim Seeley, Dan Jurgens, Scott Hanna, Chris Sotomayor, and Cory Petit, with a main cover by Dave Johnson, readers get a glimpse into the history of the Nighthawk of the brave new Heroes Reborn world… and he’s something of a blend between Spider-Man and Batman!
Don’t understand what that means, Marvel Blog True Believers? No worries: just like the world’s greatest detective (Colombo), I’m going to lay it all out for you! Lovers of Amalgam Comics rejoice!
Marvel’s Justice League
As readers of the ongoing Heroes Reborn event are aware, the story concerns a world where the Avengers never formed, and Earth is instead defended by a team called the Squadron Supreme.
The Squadron Supreme has long been a feature in the Marvel Comics universe, and they’ve always seemed sort of like the Justice League of DC comics, but this event goes to great lengths to draw a comparison between Nighthawk and Batman… as well as Spider-Man!
Batman and Spider-Man
Marvel Double Action #1 makes the compelling argument that Batman and Spider-Man are more similar than you might realize.
Both are masked vigilantes with awesome cars, for one thing.
Both have an origin story that sees their father figures murdered in front of their eyes.
And both Batman and Spider-Man are known for having the biggest rogues galleries of their respective comic book universes.
In fact, we even see how one of Spidey’s biggest enemies, the Green Goblin, bears a striking resemblance to the Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis.
Plus, this issue also draws a comparison between the death of Batman’s loyal sidekick, Robin, and the death of Spidey’s first love, Gwen Stacey… two iconic stories that have a serious effect on the respective characters moving forward!
More Meta Madness in Marvel Double Action #1
Just like many other issues in this ongoing event, Marvel Double Action #1 has some serious meta elements.
First of all, this issue is a “reprint” of an issue from the history of the Heroes Reborn timeline, just like Hyperion and the Imperial Guard #1.
And second, there are loads of meta elements literally crammed into the margins of the issue. Not to mention the letters page, which includes a special letter from a 9-year-old Jason Aaron, the writer of the main Heroes Reborn event!
Have you had a chance to pick up Marvel Double Action #1 at your local comic shop, Marvel Blog True Believers? Did you manage to get one of the variant covers? Let us know in the comment section!