Comic Review – Secret Identities #1

  • Story: Jay Faerber, Brian Joines
  • Art: Ilias Kyriazis
  • Color: Charlie Kirchoff
  • Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Release: February 2015

Murderer. Traitor. Liar. Cheat. Fake.

SecretIdentities01_Page2These are just some of the words lurking in the shadows behind the new superhero group over at Image Comics. From the very first moment you hold the first issue of Secret Identities in your hand, you just know it’s going to be something special.The front cover catches your eye from the shelf with a pop of color, with Ilias Kyriazis and Charlie Kirchoff giving the spotlight to an interesting new group of superheroes. Writers Jay Faerber and Brian Joines introduce us to this new team as soon as you open the comic.

Here we are, in downtown Toronto.  Our new team of heroes struggle to fight off an army of demons, produced by the nemesis known as Perdition. We get a brief introduction to each character as they talk tactics amongst themselves. Luminary is our leader, the daughter of the president with light-based powers.  Punchline, a rowdy brawler that lets her fists do the talking, but also always has something to say. A cyborg centurion warrior named Helot, who slices down foes with a psi-sword. Gaijin is a katana wielding woman from another planet. The speedster clad in black and green, Rundown. The mysterious Recluse, with extended claws and dark demeanor.  Vesuvius, a titanic humanoid made of molten lava somewhat reminiscent of the Thing. These heroes form the dynamic team Front Line.


SI_0105-679x1024Secret Identities brings to light the human nature of super heroes, which admittedly is a popular trope among comics  But still, this book feels fresh. The art portrays a vibrant and energetic comic style, reminiscent of the classic super-hero style. It felt familiar to me, which made it appealing. On the other hand, the story does bring in darker aspects. There comes a point while reading that you are struck with a realization: these heroes have a lot of flaws.  So many that I was unsure if I was supposed to be rooting for them.  The characters are dynamic and full of diversity which I absolutely loved, because yes, each character is familiar, but they have a certain edge to them that makes them unique. It’s the diversity of races, ages, and genders that make the team and how they work together even more interesting. When I read the synopsis my first thought was of Watchmen, but after reading Secret Identities I have to say it’s a story of its own and it’s just the beginning. After the action packed first issue and the curiosities it has peaked, I highly recommend picking up this first issue!

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Travis Greschner

The twenty six year old aspiring writer living in the boonies of Upstate New York, Travis approves of people who “talk nerdy to him”. Throughout his schooling he excelled in art and writing while failing his other classes because they didn't accept doodles of Deadpool for grades. It has been five years since he graduated with a degree in multimedia, he works a lame job not anywhere in his career field, pays bills, and lives like an adult... and can you believe they still don't appreciate the doodles?