Night Owl Society #1

7.5 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 7/10

It's nice to see a Kickstarter catch on with the big boys.

The story's a little easy on the heroes so far.

Night Owl Society #1
(W) James Venhaus, (A) Pius Bak
IDW Publishing

When David’s only friend at school is killed by the local mob boss, David and his misfit friends take matters into their own hands by sneaking out at night to fight crime and take down the mob without getting killed . . . or grounded.

Night Owl Society is the story of a group of high school misfits who decide to get even with the people who murdered one of their teachers. It’s billed as “‘The Breakfast Club’ meets ‘The Soparanos'”, but little of that is evident in the first issue. While it does set the stage with varied high school personalities, there’s just not enough time for the promised banter and conflict, yet.

The art is quite enough for a Kickstarter project, but falls a little short from anything we’d expect from IDW. There’s a lot of featureless background characters and bland backgrounds, but the main characters and actions are detailed and clear. The style is a bit on the simple side, but I’ll gladly take that over something too busy or messy.

And the story sets a nice stage, even if not much happens in this first issue. We’re introduced to the ruthless baddies, the gang of heroes gets together, and the first big twist is dropped. It’s all too easy to be exciting, and you should see that twist coming for about half the book, but it’s got heart and promise. I do hope the rest of the series isn’t as point A to point B, however.

I’ve been a huge fan of Kickstarter since I found about it, and I love what it can do for new comic talent. I’m thrilled with this success story, so I’d recommend buying this book just to reward IDW for that, but it’s also a pretty solid read. It’s clearly an early effort, but there’s plenty to enjoy here, and I can’t wait to see what the team does in the future.



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