by staff writer Michael Brown
Superhero comics are a dime a dozen these days, so the trick to finding good ones is to:
1) pay attention to writers and pencilers you trust, although art is less important to me than story, and/or
2) look for something different.
Midnight Tiger by Write Height Media struck me as being that kind of different. Not a never-been-done-before kind of different, but different in the same way I’m a Daredevil fan or a Jason Rusch as Firestorm fan or Simon Baz as Green Lantern fan or even a pre-New 52 Barbara Gordon fan. Superheroes with handicaps or even as minorities are rare. And teenage superheroes seem to up the ante, as it were. The 90’s gave us the Milestone imprint from DC, which gave us Static, still one of my favorite teen heroes, but faded from sight due to poor sales. Midnight Tiger, written and penciled by Ray-Anthony Height and co-written by Dewayne Feenstra follows the adventures of Gavin Shaw, African-American teenager by day and avenging hero Midnight Tiger by night. Midnight Tiger possesses enhanced senses, agility, and fighting prowess which he uses to protect the West Coast city of Apollo Bay from gangs and supervillains who seem to want to congregate there yet appear to be no, or at least very few, superheroes around to stop them, leaving that job to the Apollo Bay Police Department’s Super-Human Enforcement, Reconnaissance, and Incarceration of Fugitives Force.
Midnight Tiger struck me as a cross between Kick-Ass, Firestorm, and some of the best early Amazing Spider-Man, with Gavin dealing with getting shot during a patrol then having to come home at 3 in the morning to finish Music Theory homework, and later getting lectured by his dad, an Apollo Bay cop, on staying out of fights and how violence never solves anything. Height and Feenstra delivered a solid story, but I hope there’s some backstory at some point as to how Gavin got his powers. Height’s pencils were really good it’s obvious that Height, who created Midnight Tiger, is proud of his creation and is definitely able to draw fighting scenes on par with some of Marvel and DC’s best. And Paul-John Little’s colors are vibrant and vivid and complement Height’s pencils beautifully.
Write Height Media is a new publisher, put together by Height and his wife Shayla as a Kickstarter program, and Midnight Tiger is their first, only, and flagship title. We are told in the Behind The Scenes section after the story Midnight Tiger will be a full-color, 22-page ongoing series with the first story arc lasting 9 issues. I really hope so. This book has the potential to be a good one and I definitely want to be a part of what comes next.
Viva la Wednesday, Kryptonics!
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