Jim Purcell wrote:
My first impressions of Mr. Hickman's writing was not promising. I picked up The Nightly News tp after hearing some buzz, and thought it was tinfoil hat wearing nonsense. Very disappointed. Great art and neat usage of text though. I decided to take another change and picked up the first issue of Pax Romana, and was disappointed to find more of the same. I sort of put Hickman out of my mind after that, until I started hearing buzz about his Marvel work. I took a chance on SHIELD... and got a little conflicted. Parts were good (and the art was solid), but it was attempting to inject conspiracy 'secret history' malarkey into the Marvel Universe, which was sort of what I was disliking from his prior work. Also it got kinda of annoying when every real world visionary or inventor ended up being essentially a 'Marvel' of their time. Sort of goofy. So by the end of that first series, I still wasn't convinced Hickman was for me.
So, and I'm still not sure why I gave him a fourth chance to grab me as a writer, I picked up Red Mass for Mars on a lark. And finally, FINALLY, here was a story I liked, super-hero deconstructionist, but of the legit enjoyable sort. Frankly I thought its biggest weakness was only being four issues. It really needed one or two more to flesh out its conclusion a little more. But finally here was a Jonathan Hickman I liked.
Which brings me to The Red Wing #1. Which thankfully seems to fall on the Red Mass side of the spectrum. I'm a fan of time travel used in unique and original ways, and this seems to be doing just that. Great art style, and some compeling idea. I'm glad someone out there is trying to write science fiction comics that don't involve tights.
Jim you might try John's Secret Warriors from Marvel ( Which I was very sad to see end ) and Transhuman from Image. Both very good.