Prowler (2016) #1 Review

“CLONE CONSPIRACY” TIE-IN!
Even a super hero’s life can get boring. Double-check your gear. Patrol the city. Save the innocent. Report back to your boss, The Jackal. Wait, what? Why is Prowler working for The Jackal? What does the resurrected Madame Web have to do with him? And what has Prowler already done that may have compromised him?!

 

Summary

Prowler stops some bank robbers before returning to New U headquarters where he breaks up a fight between the cloned villains. He meets with the new Jackal who gives him a mission, to find the person who has been hacking his system. On his way to the mission he meets Female Electro, who killed him and led to his cloning. Madame Web points him to where he can find the hacker and he heads there. Upon arriving however he is webbed and captured.

What I thought

As far as first issues go this one was pretty good. It introduced us to the cast and the major players with a big mystery at the end. It also ties into a current event that harkens back to the glory days of Spider-man in the 90’s the Ben Reily vessel “Maximum Cloneage”. Now we have Hobie Brown newly cloned and forced to work for the New Jackal who heads a company called New U. Considering I have been out of the Spider-man comics loop for awhile this was a good way to find out whats been happening. The identity of the New Jackal is also left mysterious enough that I may just pick up the issues in the main series just to truly find out what else is happening. I found this opening issue accessible as both part of an event and in introducing Hobie Brown to a modern comic book audience.

Overall I give this issue 3.5/5 stars

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