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Pilot Season: Stealth #1

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On May - 7 - 2010

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It’s a little late, but Pilot Season: Stealth #1 finally hit comic shops this week. Check out what we think of the latest new series from Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri.

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Pilot Season: Stealth #1
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Sheldon Mitchell
Cover Artist: Marc Silvestri

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Imagine this: you’re a middle-aged man. Your life is kind of falling apart. You’re divorced and not happy about it, and your Alzheimer’s-stricken father has just moved in with you because he can no longer take care of himself. Only, as it turns out, your father isn’t just an aging man losing his memory; he’s a famous masked vigilante, and has been his entire life. This is the position in which Todd finds himself in Stealth #1, the latest entry in Top Cow’s yearly Pilot Season.

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Stealth #1 originally showed up in Top Cow’s January solicitations, though clearly it’s a few months late, and I had actually forgotten what it was all about. The cover makes it look like just another superhero book, albeit one with a darker tone, but that’s actually not the case. The story contained within is much more original, with Todd having to deal with the fact that his father can barely remember him, and the new information about Dad’s secret identity, that of infamous masked vigilante Stealth. The only problem is, as Stealth’s memory declines, his behavior gets more and more out of control.

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At the end I was left feeling unsure about Stealth. It’s definitely an interesting concept, a new take on the masked vigilante and his struggle to keep his identity a secret. After all, how do you protect your identity when you can’t even remember the people around you? How is Todd supposed to help his father when his father doesn’t recognize him? There’s room for this series to grow and develop, and I would want to keep reading, but I’m not 100% sold on the first issue alone.

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Stealth #1 is in comic shops now. If you’re looking for new spin on the ages-old masked vigilante tale, go ahead and pick it up.


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