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C.O.W.L. #1 - Principles of Power, Chapter 1: Motivation Review


Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis present your new favorite comic.

C.O.W.L. #1 is on sale May 28, 2014.

The Good

This is the comic that Kyle Higgins has been waiting to give us. Along with Alec Siegel, this new series gives us some good old fashioned superhero action set in the 60s. But don't take that as meaning it's going to be a total campy series. C.O.W.L. stands for Chicago Organized Workers League. In other words, it's a labor union for superheroes.

As much as I love superhero comics, I especially dig it when there's some real-world themes or details added to the story. Higgins touched on the idea of a union for heroes in his 2008 short film, The League. It's a fascinating experience to see the themes and characters in this comic introduced and fleshed out in this first issue. And let's point out the fact that there are several different characters here. It immediately feels like a big and detailed world. What Higgins and Siegel do right is give us all the players names and what division they belong to on the credit page. A minor pet peeve of mine in brand new series is trying to keep up with all the characters but here, they are laid out for us.

Unlike other comics taking place in the 60s you've likely read, this comic has more of an edge to it. There are some gritty and gut-punching moments but nothing too extreme or over the top that would turn off some readers. But when super-powered individuals are throwing punches around, you expect to see some blood and possibly some death.

The story is beautifully showcased with Rod Reis' brilliant art. Reis does an amazing job capturing the feel of the characters and action. With so many characters, he easily juggles the task of making each one have their own distinct feel and brings them to life with plenty of expression that makes it all feel more real.

There's a great mix of action. If high-flying action and super-powered punches weren't enough, wait until you see what a character named Eclipse does. And this slightly over-sized first issue takes us all over the city, giving us an idea of just how large this comic book world will be.

The Bad

Nothing bad here. Make sure you check this comic out.

The Verdict

It's always hard to imagine reading a "new" comic and getting something that actually feels new. How many different superhero comics have we all read over the years? The great thing is, we haven't really read anything like C.O.W.L. You can feel the enthusiasm, care, and attention that Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel are pouring into this series. It's practically oozing off the pages. And wait until you see Rod Reis' art. It's simply incredible. Make sure you check out C.O.W.L. This is a series you'll want to read right away. Don't wait until later. Heck, I don't even want to wait for issue #2 now. You're really going to dig this series.

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Posted by mcgregorp

can't wait

Posted by CaptainHoopla

I love the concept behind this and hope it does really well. Unfortunately my monthly comic budget is so overtapped right now. It's always hard to pass when I'm in the store and it's right in front of me though. I'll definitely check it out when the first trade hits if I do skip it tomorrow. There's just too many great books out now, can't complain about that though.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Hell yes, can't wait.

Edited by Nightwing4

LOVE the cover.

So very noir, with a nice bioshock feel.

Higgins was screwed out of writing Nightwing by Forever Evil. This should make up for it.

EDIT: just finished the issue. Lol'd at the obvious Nightwing costume tribute.

Edited by longbowhunter

Incredibly excited for this. Rod Reis' art looks incredible.

Posted by MannEffest

The premise never excited me, however neither did that of The Wake and The Bunker, and I love both, so why not give this a shot!

Posted by slade_wilson

Good gawd I'm excited for this. I pretty much worship Rod Reis.

Posted by Daredevilnut

Definitely going to pick this up.

Posted by Sighburr_Punk

Ahhhhh damn the comic industry for making me want to spend all my money ;-; especially that Kyle Higgins fellow.

In all seriousness though, based on this review I'm definitely picking this up.

Posted by Krypton-115

So far the story sort of reminds me of Watchmen, I like it!

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Posted by kennybaese

I'm going to trade wait for it, but this is definitely on my to read list. I'm glad to hear that it is as good as I'd hoped.

Edited by GreenKingdom

Oh man, was trying not to commit to anything else, but the art from the CBR preview looks amazing and the story seems interesting. I'm sure I'll end up picking this up...

Posted by longbowhunter

Great start. Superhero politics is an area that hasn't been mined a lot in the past. Plus a dude got peed on.

Posted by MrStark

Favorite comic of the week.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I can see the Beat and Investigation divisions being my favourite, especially Eclipse lol

Posted by Owie

Really great art, and a fun, thoughtful story with good dialog. Definitely hooked me, I'll be continuing with this.

Posted by PatrickZJD

Very much like a low-key Top Ten, absolutely loved it!