August 28, 2006 | Comics
The Black Plague #1
*** 1/2 (out of five)
Everyone who’s ever read superhero comics is familiar with the standard ‘misunderstanding fight’.
It’s that tussle that happens when two heroes (or super-teams) encounter one another, each thinking the other is to blame for some injustice, and then they beat the heck out of each other before coming to their senses.
The same principle applies to bad guy-bad guy battles, but those are usually a little bloodier (see DC’s recent miniseries Villains United for an example).
So what happens when the New York City mob, while trying to negotiate a deal with the powerful super-villain organization S.L.A.S.H., is interrupted by the thought-to-be-retired villain, the Black Plague?
A misunderstanding battle of epic proportions, baby!
And that’s just what the Black Plague wants, as he’s actually a mysterious young man trying to take down the underworld from within — with the help of the former villain himself.
Writer Joe Casey (Godland) and artist Julia Bax have a great time playing on that thin line between good and evil and lay the foundation for an interesting upcoming miniseries with this standalone issue.