Remember when you and your friends are sitting around being all nostalgic about some video game you used to religiously play, and you all decided to bust out the old Genesis, or N64, or Playstation. After about five minutes of playing it dawns on you one by one that that game really isn't as great as you remember it. It's rather shallow by today's standards, or the controls are sloppy, or it used silly tricks like "fog" to hide limited draw distance. You and your friends still play for awhile longer, not wanting to admit the obvious: that it was a mistake to bring it back out and you have just wasted everyone's time.
That is how I am beginning to feel about the Clone Conspiracy.... and it saddens and upsets me.
But, this is a review about Prowler right? We don't need to mess with all that clone stuff again do we... Wait, didn't he die by crazy chic Electro? Dammit, he's a clone isn't he... here we go again.
Prowler has been resurrected by the evil villain turned mask wearing philanthropist, The Jackal. The Jackal seems to have brought together a rather impressive crew of crew of ne'er-do-wells and would be heroes... including Madame Web. Web seems to be the source of intelligence for all crimes about to happen in the near future. Something that Hobie Brown doesn't really seem to question all that much.
Well, the Jackal has a new assignment for his new pet and that involves breaking into what appears to be a offshore hideout for some kind of hacker. A hacker that has some kind of psychic feedback that stops Web from ascertaining exactly whats really going on. So off goes The Prowler to find out. He charges in head first as he always does, but this time gets caught up in someone else's webs.
Listen, this comic does have some things going for it. The art by Jamel Campbell, while not everyone's cup of tea, is well done and often dramatic. The dialog between characters at times can be interesting, though not enough to make up for the first person narration. The story might have something good to tell a couple issues down the road but I'm not convinced yet that it is worth the ride.
Then I remember how much we all despised the Clone Saga despite liking some of the characters and story lines that came out of it. When Ben reviewed Spider-Man The Clone Conspiracy he had the benefit of that comic being written by Dan Slott, a man whom we all love and admire. The Prowler is written by Sean Ryan, whom I never really cared that much for despite buying a few Nova comics last year. He never keeps me intrigued or invested with the characters and I doubt The Prowler is going to be the "hero" that changes my mind.
So here we are at the end of the review and I have to admit that this isn't a bad comic... it might even have some potential like on the Spider-Man side of The Clone Conspiracy. I'm just not willing to buy anymore single issues to get there.
Rating: 6.75/10 Generic Hero Phrases