Comic Review: Hell Yeah #1 by Joe Keatinge & Andre Szymanowicz
In 1992 Sergeant Daniel Day is rescued by the worlds first supermen after being captured by enemy forces. Over the next twenty years these supermen go on to change the world and move us towards a utopian future. Daniel has a son called Ben who has become a minor celebrity and has a habit of getting in to fights.
Hell Yeah #1 does everything that a first issue should do. First of all it’s very attention grabbing. The opening scene is punctuated by some very bold iconography which paired with Andre Szymanowicz’s energetic artwork and Jason Lewis’s bright colouring immediately sets the tone for the book.
Secondly it does a good job of introducing us to the world of Hell Yeah and it’s characters. The world is similar to our own but has been changed by the supermen in important ways which make it a great setting for a story. We are introduced to a couple of characters all of which have their own mysteries. My only complaint is that I couldn’t really relate to any of the characters as none of them were especially likeable. Whatever you think of the main character of Ben though you can’t deny that he’s a very strong protagonist and makes a good entry point into the world.
Finally it ends on a great WTF!? moment which puts everything that has happened so far in a new light and moves the book into an unexpected direction. Coupled with the smaller mysteries that are introduced over the course of this issue it makes a great starting point for a series and I’ll be very interested to read more.
Hell Yeah is a great book with a unique personality and makes a great addition to Images already very strong line. Support indy comics and give it a go!