Midnight Task Force #1
Written By: Mark London
Art By: Alejandro Giraldo
Lettered By: Christian Ospina
A story comes along once in a long time, that reignites your love for comic books. About 2 years ago, 2012’s X-O Manowar by Robert Venditti did that for me. And the past year trying to overcome multiple issues, my love of comics was waining. That’s when this first issue from a small publisher was presented to me and it reignited everything within my heroic heart. So what happens when a man loses everything only to begin a new life as the world’s greatest detective? Let’s look at Mad Cave Studios’ Midnight Task Force and see if it’s a good read.
In the far-off future, Aidan McCormick, a tragedy hardened detective, begins a case of a pattern of murders where the same markings are left at all the scenes. As he begins to look into it, he is pulled onto another case by special request of the mayor where he…solves it immediately? Wow okay. He must be the best. Shouldn’t act so cocky tho. Throughout the book, you see that Aiden is struggling with mental illness talking to multiple people in his head, but they don’t hinder him from working on this case. As he requests more time to crack this dangerous case, we learn a group of people is watching him and the voices in his head, are actually in other…things…from his past…You’ll have to read it for yourself to understand that part.
Opinions and Such:
This is a pretty strong start to a brand new series. Giving you a bit of a gap to build on what happened to Aiden. Now we can fill in that gap while also going back before the explosion and learn more about him. Also the idea that Aiden is struggling with mental illness while also trying to be a defender of the peace, it makes for a very interesting narrative. This is definitely not the kind of book you’d see from the big 2 with adult themes and such but that’s good. Comics should not be locked down and be constantly safe. Granted this isn’t anything worse than 90’s spawn. If it weren’t for the lack of robots I’d say this was Will Smith’s IRobot but rated R. Which I love. A cop story in the future with where he has a mentsorder and a weird backstory? My kind of party. The only real con of this book full of pros is that it can seem a bit cliche. It’s sort of a futuristic noir story which can lead to tropes like the best of the best working for a corrupt system and forces unknown trying to put an end to him, etc. Hence the similarities to IRobot. But hopefully, this story is able to bypass the typical and be the grandest of tales.
The art is actually really good. Trying to go for a realistic human look with a style similar to Clayton Crain who notably did art and covers for Marvel’s relaunched X-force led by Wolverine. It fits this futuristic setting with the colors and full figured drawing, not just having flat characters drawn well. It’s very enjoyable and easily compliments the story.