Sunday, November 19, 2006

White Tiger #1 (of 6)

Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe & Phil Briones

Angela Del Toro, the new White Tiger, leaps from the pages of Daredevil to her own limited series, courtesy of popular fantasy novelist Tamora Pierce. Our tale begins preceding the Civil War events and flows right on past them as Angela picks up her uncle's mantle and gains a name for herself with the help of magical amulets, and decides to become a masked hero despite current events. This is a very typical origin story. And I mean very typical. No new ground is tread in the creation of this character's identity to separate herself from other heroes. It's not particularly creative, insightful or interesting. It feels like thirty-two pages of going through the motions. The protagonist also seems rather uninspired, spouting some of the dullest dialogue I've ever had the misfortune of reading in comics. A lot of talk, not enough action and a really, really lame villain make this is yawner of a tale. I actually struggled to finish this comic! The only thing worth the $2.99 cover price is the nice art from Briones. And that beautiful David Mack cover. But those aspects alone aren't worth suffering through this extreme case of mediocrity. D-

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