The first issue of Red Rooster is a great introduction to the world that Rooster lives in, so it’s one to seek out for U.S. comic book fans — especially those nostalgic for the Golden Age.
Well, it’s not often I get an exclusive, but I have the feeling this may be the first UK review of Red Rooster #1 from the new indie comics company Allegiance Arts and Entertainment.
Trouble is if you like the sound of any of these new titles, and there are four in total, you may have a bit of trouble getting hold of them, as they are exclusive to Walmart stores in America, and are unavailable in the UK just now.
From what I can gather, Allegiance Arts have struck a deal with hundreds of Walmart stores across America, to exclusively sell this new line of books, making them difficult to track down anywhere else just now.
However, here’s a review of the first issue of Red Rooster just in case you get the chance to pick them up anywhere.
Written by Mark Pellegrini, and with art and story by creator Mitch Breitweiser, Red Rooster #1 is a nostalgic look back on a golden age of heroes.
Red Rooster is a Saturday morning movie serial star, and icon to many. With sidekick Strong Boy and a Justice League style team called The Order Of The Dawn, Red Rooster is the nemesis of evildoers everywhere, and with sponsorship from Kapow Cola, he is the star of Silverwing Studios in Silverscreen City.
The movie persona and real-life activities of the hero are blurred, but as we find him on the first page of the first issue, he is saying goodbye to one friend and trying to find his way back home.
The first issue of Red Rooster is a great introduction to the world that Rooster lives in. It is filled with nods to those old-time Republic serials, and the scratchy art from Pellegrini adds to the atmosphere.
Oddly the art is more reminiscent of a European comic than an American one, with loose lines and edges that are complemented by the watercolor-style colors from Elizabeth Breitweiser.
At the end of the first issue, we are also introduced to the villains of the book, an eclectic mix of supervillains brought together by a mysterious mastermind that seems intent on destroying everything that Rooster stands for.
All in all this a great, if somewhat low key, premiere.
Fans of the Golden Age of comics may enjoy the general vibe of the book, but it’s very easy to read and could be enjoyed by most age groups.
Definitely a recommend, I would urge US comic fans to seek this title out, and for us poor souls in the UK, try and grab an issue online if you can, I hope that they may eventually show up in comic shops in the UK soon.
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Louie Fecou reviews films, tv shows and comics for Ready Steady Cut, HC Movie Reviews and We Have A Hulk. He currently runs his own business in between watching films.