Getting turned into a Lionman. What’s more badass than that?
The series opens up with an elderly gentleman named Sir Michael Baker walking through a park in Washington DC. During this walk he encounters a group of hoodlums that threaten to harm him. But unknown to them, there’s more to Mr. Baker than meets the eye.
After dealing with the troublemakers using powers, (explained later on in the issue) he takes a talisman he’s wearing and throws it in the woods. This is because voices that come to him in dreams told him to do so.
After this ordeal, Mr. Baker goes to the South African embassy to meet minister Bhekifa to warn him about a great threat that’s after him. But as he starts to explain, a mysterious woman appears out of nowhere for the minister. Luckily, Mr. Baker is able to thwart this woman and save the minister.
While this is all going on, a young high school kid named Skyler is just trying to survive another year in a bad neighborhood. He doesn’t have the best of relationships with his mother at the moment, and his father has since passed away.
As him and his friends walk from their friends house, they see a robbery happening. They recognize one of the robbers and this causes them to go on the run because the robbers want to kill them to avoid being identified.
They go to the park hoping to lose them, but the two friends get separated and Skyler ends up hiding after getting clipped but a gun shot. Skyler finds the talisman that Mr Baker got rid of earlier. His blood comes into contact with the talisman which changes him into The Lionman.
I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will say, you definitely get your bang for your buck with this comic. My only problem with it is that there’s a bit too much packed into this first issue. I think it would be a little better if things were broken up more.
But I must say, the story is pretty damn good. The art is unique and this book almost reads like a novel. It can be dialogue heavy at times, which is both good and bad depending on the situation. This series would make for a good graphic novel and I’m very interested to see where things head as the story moves forward.
I’m giving Lion Man #1…
3 Out of 5 Whiskey Shots
Writer, artist, and letterer: Rick Hannah
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