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Static Shock #1

3.2  ·  Rating Details ·  400 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Scott McDaniel and John Rozum bring Static Shock back to the DC Universe!The brilliant, yet slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static! A mysterious tragedy forces the Hawkins family to relocate from Dakota to New York City and Virgil must ...more
32 pages
Published September 7th 2011 by DC Comics
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Nov 10, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: retreaded superheroes with cloned sisters
Having just read the original Static Shock by Dwayne McDuffie and Robert L. Washington, I then compared it with DC's "New 52" reboot. The new series only lasted for eight issues before being cancelled and Static becoming a B-lister in the Teeen Titans. This volume collects those eight issues.

Although Static is now a DC character, no other DC characters show up in his series; the only noticeable connection to the DC universe is Virgil Hawkins working for S.T.A.R. Labs, which as usual, is a consta
May 14, 2012 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero, dc, modern-age
The main problem with this comic is that it fails at what the New 52 is intended to do. The actual plot of this volume is perfectly fine. The dialogue wasn't great. The art is fine. The style wouldn't be my preference for this book, but there aren't any distracting technical problems. I do think that the quality is much better in the first few issues of this volume than it is by the end. Overall, I would normally consider this comic a three.

However, this comic should be introducing new readers t
Jun 27, 2012 Shane rated it it was ok
It took me a week to get through this collection. Not a horrible set of stories, but nothing mind blowing. Static is a character that is obviously destined to be placed in the Superman-level super powers of the DC universe, though for now it is simply confusing as to what exactly the limit of those powers are. He can heal a severed arm, but it's possibly something that only happens in special circumstances? They never fully cover this and finally run off to show even more uses of his powers, som ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good intentions bogged down by a confusing plot. DC is trying to make Static the Spider-Man of their universe. He's got loads of enemies, plenty of friends and sidekicks with secret pasts, and more one-liners than The Big Bang Theory. Too often they all get in the way of each other. It's hard to follow who is who and why they are doing what. Two of the first three cliffhangers are pretty much the same. Static Shock is trying really hard to be something different. It all adds up to a lot of the s ...more
Jan 10, 2017 Lucie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
3.5 stars
I didn't know what to expect with this. It was a fun read although pretty confusing because most things weren't explained very well tbh. I thought having watched the show and read the original series would maybe fill in the gaps, but they really didn't...
Never heard of him before I read this, and God willing I'll never hear of him again.
Feb 08, 2015 Leo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2015
Not a bad comic per se but also pretty forgettable.
Feb 19, 2017 JumbleofJargon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This just disgraces the Static name. The TV show is infinitely better.
Jun 29, 2013 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the reboot of the DC Universe it made sense to bring back some of the former Milestone Comics, as DC now owns he rights to those properties, and the one with the highest name recognition from his former animated show is Static. This TPB collects all eight issues as two unfortunate events doomed this relaunch.

The first, and most important issue was insufficient sales to keep the title going. Regardless of what else has happened with DC's relaunch there was at least an attempt at diversity (n
James Dunphy
DC tries to integrate Static Shock into their New 52 continuity with very mixed results. Ok, not mixed, really bad. I had no idea what was going on throughout this. It's Static Shock Volume 1 Issues 1, but I feel like there's been 10 years of history for this character, the way the backstory and mythos is already established. It was a barrier getting into the Static Shock stories the entire way through. So much for a reboot or getting new readers...

The first six issues of the comic try to establ
Apr 08, 2014 Cale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This didn't feel like a volume one collection. There's a whole lot of backstory that has happened before the first page, and although some of it is explained in passing, most of it is left unexplained.
It's not hugely detrimental to the overall story though. And the story is one of the better reads in the New 52. It's fairly focused, with memorable villains, and Static Shock is actually a pretty good hero. Creative use of his powers, a willingness to use science terms, and a focus on family and
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 14, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Well, I've read a lot of The New 52 by this point and while some of them fall short of being good this is the first one I've read that was a total and utter dudd. Static was new to me; I'd never even heard of him, but I've had fun meeting plenty of new-to-me heroes through The New 52. Static was mostly a very boring story with new made up villains just for this series and it felt like it didn't even belong to the DC universe. There were no connections with anyone or anywhere else, except for two
Aug 04, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Ok story. The action jumps right in, you find some weird stuff about his sisters, and while this story seems to be about resolving some major issues from the past, you aren't even really introduced to how it all began until near the end in flashbacks. I ca understand that if this was some book I got in to late, but I kinda expected more background in the new 52.
Rick Hunter
Sep 22, 2016 Rick Hunter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I've now started on 44 of the original 52 series that DC released under its New 52 banner, and this is one of the worst offerings out of those 44. I don't know a whole lot about the character Static Shock and don't know if he'd ever appeared in DC comics prior to the New 52 or if he was one of the new characters that got added to the DC universe as part of the New 52. I do know that he had a cartoon on TV for a while. I watched 2 or 3 episodes of that and could never get into it. Since I didn't ...more
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I really wanted to like this. There’s some really great positives with this series. African American lead character, with a good strong family backing him. Breaks social stereotypes for the most part and has the hints of an interracial romance–something that’s so severely lacking in comic books, and for the most part main stream media.

I had a few problems with this volume however. The story seemed patched together and really disjointed. I felt l
Jul 25, 2015 DerekB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-52
Of all the New 52 titles I've read so far in this little read through, Static Shock feels the most old fashioned. It's written and drawn by Scott McDaniel, whose work I've loved since his days on Nightwing. This is (I believe) his first foray into writing, and it shows. His work is bloated with excessive text, characters, and general chaos. The sheer number of characters introduced is daunting, so much so that Static isn't particularly well developed himself. Still, there's something endearing o ...more
Toto Maya
Urrrrgh. Making my way through the New 52, as a new comic book reader, I have encountered several new superheros. Some I have heard of, but Static Shock I hadn't. I was initially happy to be reading a comic about a guy who wasn't white and blond, of course. But that quickly faded with the incomprehensible storyline. Nothing here is explained, and for someone who is brand-new to the character, it was a mess. Static Shock was irritating, definitely channeling Spider-man and his stupid quips (I HAT ...more
Alex Sarll
So I'm halfway through the Volume Ones of DC's New 52 reboot, and I get to the one which readers on a Goodreads poll of the lot seem to like least. And I can't really see why. Sure, it's an intermittently incoherent and surprisingly blatant attempt to rip off Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man, with its wisecracking teen hero in New York (and it even manages to get to the cloning plots within eight issues). And yes, its attempts to deal with Issues are heavy-handed, and the character designs are remin ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Jessie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do bad names always doom characters? Because let's face it, Static Shock might be the worst name for a hero ever. The story lines in this book jumped around so much that I thought I had skipped pages and on multiple occasions actually checked. Things should have gotten clearer at the end since the title was canceled and knew they should wrap things up, but instead things just got murkier and nothing was resolved. There was potential here--hints at the former timeline intrigued me and the hero wa ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel

I'm sure if I'd read the old series I would understand what's going on here better, but I dunno if I would have liked it any better. (For a title that's supposed to be a point to introduce new readers to the character, this one sure assumes the readers have a lot of knowledge of the character's past.)
This character has a lot going for him - science nerd gets strange powers from freak accident, spends a lot of time trying to make everyone at school think he's "normal", fights bad guys with a co
Aug 17, 2012 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Another of the New 52 that is not so new. This continues story lines from previous static books and so is not a volume one. Even so, it could have done a better job of getting new readers caught up on the past. Instead it's bit of a mashed up experience with most of it occurring as a backstory dump at the end. Otherwise the story if fairly decent, nothing great, but decent. If it had managed to be an actual new start I would have likely given it three stars, but as is, I cannot.
Dec 12, 2016 Seth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like Static As a character, but the the villains in this story were lame as hell! That coupled with a mediocre story and illustrations, doesn't make for a great read. It took me a while to slog through this one and when it ended, I felt as though it wasn't worth my time. Normally I try to write something positive about the book in my review, but I am finding it really difficult with this one. Trust me, skip it!
Apr 06, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
Fan! I picked up #1 late, because I was on a Dwayne McDuffie snob tip, but Scott McDaniel is doing a great job from what I can see here. Lovin the Hardware cameos. I'll definitely be picking up the trade in a month!
Oct 07, 2012 Jared rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The character design is bad, the writing is bad an the art is atrocious. Probably the worst of the new 52 books.
Wasn't too bad. Thought it was fine. Do you guys know if they cancelled this comic or was it just the other Static comic?
Aug 29, 2013 Imbertjerome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So there was a reason this only lasted 8 issues. It wasn't that good.
Aug 06, 2012 Tienyin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, superhero, new-52
As a new reader, I didn't find the introduction to be smooth. It was only on the second read that I finally felt like I was getting it. altogether, one of the more mediocre new 52 titles
John Yelverton
Jun 10, 2012 John Yelverton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolute abomination to everything you ever enjoyed about the character.
Even though this is volume one there is so much missing back story that I felt like I was being dropped into the middle of the story.
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