REVIEW: John Kirby: Firefox #1
Book Title: John Kirby: Firefox #1
Book Description: “John Kirby: Firefox” begins with an alien crash landing in the farmlands outside of Portland, Oregon. The alien is Firefox, an interstellar hero responsible for helping to keep the universe safe from evil. Firefox is being hunted for his powers. Because of the crash the body he’s in is dying. Enter John Kirby, owner of the farm that Firefox crashed on. Firefox tries to communicate with Kirby; but there is no time. A Mech-Hunter has arrived at the farm. The only option Firefox has for survival is to bond with Kirby’s body. Doing so regenerates Firefox. Our hero easily destroys the Mech-Hunter (and a good portion of the farm). This sets off a chain of events that will propel the series through many adventures.
Book Author: Warren Montgomery
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Will Lill Comics
Illustrator: Lee Melton and Luis Rivera
- Interior Art(3.4)
- Cover Art(3.3)
“Firefox” was one of the treasures I picked up at Lilac City Comic-Con: 2022. In fact, it was at the first booth I stopped at that day. Listening to the elevator pitch I realized that this was an all ages superhero book with the main character being a person of color. We don’t have enough of that in the comic book world. I gladly handed over the money to support this one.
It can be difficult to get the holy trinity of a story in a new series. You need a plot, character development, and a setting. In a comic book you only have about 24 pages to make it happen. In a superhero story you also have to touch in whatever power(s) the hero(es) may have as well as have a hint of origin story. “John Kirby: Firefox” checks off most of those boxes. We could do with a bit more character development. There’s time for that in the next issue though.
The artwork on the cover and interior pages has a very retro feel to it. It made me nostalgic for the early 80’s. Everything from line work to coloring to the onomatopoeia felt like a tribute to the greats of a bygone era when artists didn’t have an undo button.
Overall superhero stories aren’t really my jam. I like Batman. His only power is being rich, so I don’t think he counts. “Firefox” has worked its way onto a very short list with me. As a geek on a budget I believe “John Kirby: Firefox” has all the makings to be a hit.