Frontiersman is coaxed out of retirement when a man tries to recruit him for an environmental movement. Will he don his costume again? Find out in Frontiersman #1 by Image Comics!
Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Marco Ferrari
Colorist: Marco Ferrari
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Editor: James Hepplewhite
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 22nd, 2021
Previously in Frontiersman: All-New series comes to the comic book stands! Come check out this new hero with veteran team Patrick Kindlon and Marco Ferrari.
OUT OF RETIREMENT
Frontiersman #1 begins with an old Frontiersman wandering the woods when suddenly he destroys a robot! Realizing it was likely one of his old nemesis forgotten projects, he returns home to see someone waiting for him. A kid wants him to protest the cutting of the Pacific Redwoods. Our protagonist says no but realizes that this kid is a student of professor Umar, whose hero identity is Unicell. Though also retired, Umar and Frontiersman has a conversation about the current issues of the modern world and reminisce a little about their hero days. Umar, in the end, encourages Frontiersman to take up a cause. On the other side, Claire, Frontiersman’s friend recommends he keeps to himself and not become a scapegoat.
Frontiersman returns home and tries to get some rest. When the sun dawns, he sighs, dons his costume, and heads to protest with these kids.
I really enjoyed the thought process of Frontiersman #1. We get the pros and cons of becoming an advocate through the words of the secondary characters. This provides a backdrop for everything we need to know about who Frontiersman was, who he is now, and what he could be. It was almost like a philosophical discussion about his role in the world as an older hero who is just trying to live the rest of his life in peace. And I enjoyed that discussion a lot and I think it has a lot of potential as a series.
The art in Frontiersman #1 was amazing. I really enjoyed every panel. From the details to the leaves, to the wrinkles on the characters faces; the art style was amazing. From that element alone, I think this book could go very far and I am optimistic for the storylines that are being told here. Since this is an ongoing series, I hope for a long, long run.
BOTTOM LINE: GREAT FIRST ISSUE
Frontiersman #1 gives us an engaging character introduction of a brand new hero who is no longer in his prime. The protagonist grapples with a complex problem and comes up with the decision that we all wanted. 4.5 out of 5 stars from me and looking forward to the next issue.
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Frontiersman #1 sets up a great premise to what could be a very, very long comic run.