DC began collecting a different New Teen Titans spinoff series, Deathstroke, The Terminator, a few months ago. And that surprised me by how well it's held up over the years. I found myself genuinely enjoying that book. So when this was announced, I was hoping for the same reaction. This book came before Deathstroke if memory serves. I remember enjoying it when it was brand new. But reading it today, I didn't have the same reaction. Marv Wolfman can write when he puts his mind to it. Here, it felt like he had a few ideas but didn't quite know how to execute them. Part of the problem was this book was published at the height of DC letting a handful of writers also edit the book. Never a good idea, if you ask me.
There was something I found especially laughable. Technology. This book used a formula with it's cast that's commonplace today. We have the hero out there in the action. Back at base we have the support team and their computers. But with Vigilante, base was a giant camper parked out in the woods. And I really don't know how they found anything with their computers back in the mid-80s. First of all, everything was dial up. Extremely slow dial up. And second of all, the computer was in a camper in the middle of the woods. How did they get a dial tone? LOL!
By the end of this collection, it seemed that a direction for the book was starting to form. I hope this book does well enough to warrant a second book. I want to see if that direction actually firms up.
Vigilante By Marv Wolfman Vol. 1
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Keith Pollard, George Perez, Chuck Patton, Ross Andru, Don Newton, Pablo Marcos, Dick Giordano, Romeo Tanghal, Mike DeCarlo, Rick Magyar, Dan Adkins