What happens when America’s greatest hero…is a Russian Spy? Soviet Agent Vera Yelnikov is sent to 1977 Los Angeles by the Kremlin to become an American Superhero and spread communist values in the land of Uncle Sam in a funky superhero romp straight out of a Tarantino film by TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider- Man, Harley Quinn) and XAVIER DORISON (Long John Silver, The Third Testament).
RED ONE: WELCOME TO AMERICA PART 1
I picked this one up on Free Comic Day. My pull list was getting even thinner since I dropped Batwoman and She-Hulk and I was looking for some new stuff in general and awesome women in particular to fill the empty slot.
I picked up my free comics and perused the Independent section of First Aid and saw this cover:
This stood out to me for several reasons. Number 1:…hello have you seen it? Number 2: I recognize the Dodson’s work anywhere and I’m definitely a fan of their particular artistry and Terry’s Wonder Woman is one of my favorites. Number 3: it’s called Red One and the tagline on the back cover asked, “What happens when America’s greatest hero is a Russian Spy?” How was I supposed to not pick it up? One of the Docs at First Aid assured me further that I was making a good choice because he was so excited to see it in my hand. He was like, “that one is so crazy…crazy good.” That was it, I had to have it. I generally love comics I pick up on a whim from Image, so I got it. I’m sooo glad I did.
This title will be among the few that I’ve read the first issue of and immediately put it on my pull list. I’ve never read anything by this writer, Xavier Dorison, and I like his flair. This first issue sets a solid foundation and just enough intrigue to make me want to know more about our “protagonist?”, Vera Yelnikov. She’s snarky yet charming and unassuming; great for subterfuge. There’s definitely some real potential brewing here for a story arc that’s going to make everyone who didn’t pull it sooner wish they had a time-traveling DeLorean.
Clayton Cowles lettering is a bit all over the place in size, but it’s a jam packed issue and it’s understandable. There are a couple frames that felt a bit choppy and there was some dialogue with a repeated word in this printing…
but none of it was a real hindrance.
I’m excited to read Welcome To America, Part 2 and, lucky for me, it’s already on shelves. Support your local comicshop or head over to Imagecomics.com for a digital copy to make your screens prettier.
Also, Terry Dodson has a blog, The Bomb Shellter.
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