Written by Steve Orlando
Pencils and Inks by Travel Foreman
Colored by Hi-Fi
Electric Warriors is the first issue in a new DC 6 part mini-series written by Steve Orlando (Justice League of America, Wonder Woman) and illustrated by a man with possibly the coolest name ever, Travel Foreman (Birds of Prey, Animal Man).
Set in an alternate future outside of the standard DC continuity and backdropped by the fallout of The Great Disaster of Kamandi, The Electric Warriors introduces us to a world in which humanity is rejoining the intergalactic community only to find that the galaxy is skating on the edges of war.
The peace of the galaxy is precariously kept through a “trial-by-combat” method in which combatants represent their home planets. These representatives are gifted with the Electric Seed, which gives them unique abilities and transforms them into THE ELECTRIC WARRIOR.
For the first time in Earth’s history, there are two representatives sharing the power of The Electric Seed, whom we are introduced to in the first issue; A hot-headed human called Ian and a octopus-esque female called Kara, each of whom have their own reasons for entering the fray.
Orlando has a tough job in trying to explain a convoluted setup and manages to do so without being clunky or unwieldy. That said, there was a feeling that I was missing information that would have clarified elements of the story; The Great Disaster, The Electric Seed and the mentioning of fallen heroes were all new to me. The comic could have benefitted from an inner-cover Star Wars-esque prologue to help the reader from the get go.
The characters are clearly defined within this first issue; Ian is a tough hot-head, Kara is a spiritual peace-keeper, and it will be interesting to see the dynamics between these to progress and for their personalities to be fleshed out.
The artwork is clearly inspired by the “electric” part of the title and gives you a wonderful eyeful of colour and dynamics; it’s fluid and sharp and pitched just right for Orlando’s fast paced writing style. The character design feels rather 90s, with cybernetic costumes and mohawks, but if they’re trying to achieve a “future past” aesthetic, they’ve certainly nailed it.
THE ELECTRIC WARRIOR is clearly trying to create a universe that it can call its own, which is confused by including nods to other DC franchises and characters (some subtle and some not so much so). I think it’s going to take a good few issues to work in the required exposition because at the moment, it all feels a bit convoluted.