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Damage, Vol. 1: Out of Control

(New Age of Heroes #1)

2.83  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Ethan "Elvis" Avery just wanted to serve his country when he volunteered for the Damage Project. What no one told him was that he would be turned into a living, breathing, ticking time bomb of a monster that no one can stop. For one hour, Avery becomes the brute known as Damage, with zero control over his actions.

After nearly destroying Atlanta, Damage proves unstoppable a
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Damage is DC’s poor man’s version of Hulk. The only difference is that he can just hulk out for an hour every 24 hours and the person he is when he’s not Damage has less personality than a brick. There’s no story either, just a series of characters lining up to hit and get hit by Damage: Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy and Gorilla Grodd. Anyone looking for anything – literally anything resembling something worth reading – would be better off reading a takeaway menu instead. Y’know, somet ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
I'm honestly surprised Marvel hasn't sued for copyright infringement. This is the Hulk set in the DC universe. He's even chased by a female Nick Fury. The best thing I can say about the book is Tony Daniel makes it look great. Unfortunately, he only does the first 3 issues. Then Cary Nord and Diogenes Neves step in and they are serviceable except Diogenes needs to learn how to draw apes if he's going to pencil Grodd. The plot consists of DC characters lining up to punch the Hulk, I mean Damage a ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the Hulk running around in the DC universe? Well, that is exactly what this book is. Damage is a mix of the traditional Hulk with the newer Red Hulk's one hour time limit to his powers. I am a big Hulk fan, so I don't mind the copying so much (after all, more Hulk is a good thing, even if it's under a different name), but this volume really isn't anything special. Mostly, it is people literally lining up to take on Damage. An army guy in a spec ...more
Wing Kee
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yes this is the Hulk.

World: The art is okay, there is the first arc with Daniels which does good gritty and ridiculous women, the art is solid, the sense of motion is good and the destruction looks on point. The world buiding, you know what they say about flattery and copying and all that, well this is very clearly DC’s version of the Hulk. Sure there are bits and pieces that make it unique like the 1 hour thing with ties to the reason behind in in DC canon and all the little nods to our univers
Will Robinson Jr.
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
DC & Marvel have been copying ideas for characters for sometime. Just look at Marvels Squadron Supreme. They are all analogs to the members of the Justice League. So with the new Age of Heroes at DC Comics we finally get DC comics take on Marvel like super heroes. Robert Venditti and stellar artist Tony S. Daniel introduce us to DC's version of the Hulk, Damage. Yes, Damage is very similar to the Hulk in many ways except a few little differences. To me Damage is more like a mesh between the ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kind of underwhelming rip-off of the Hulk. Damage is the result of an experiment on a poor soldier, Ethan Avery, turning him into an unstoppable force of destruction for an hour each day (after which he must sleep it off). Damage even looks like the Grey Hulk, with a bit of Deathlok thrown in for good measure. Avery can't really control the beast within (though the issues here suggest that won't be the case for long), and the female colonel responsible for his creation wants him back once he get ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 Stars

I received a copy of Damage Vol. 1 through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Damage is a new series by DC Comics, and if you look at the cover you can immediately get a good idea of what sort of character this guy is. Like we’ve seen in many a comic book series, Ethan Avery was a solider willing to do anything to help his country – including letting mad scientists experiment on him. Unfortunately for him, while the experiment was a success, he didn’t make out so we
Diane Hernandez
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Private First Class Ethan Avery is enlisted to become a one-man army in Damage Vol 1: Out of Control, part of the New Age of Heroes series.

Ethan is genetically modified by the army to have super strength and defense along with being the size of a three-story building. When transformed, he is called Damage. He can only transform for one hour each day before he must rest. On his first mission to destroy the Vlatvian facists threatening the US with nuclear war, he is a great success. When he goes r
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

Granted this is full of cameos and feels like a bunch of one shots, but I liked the book. Robert Venditti has turned Damage into the Hulk of the DC world, and I'm 100% down for that. The New Age of Heroes appears to be a mixed bag of quality, but every fan has to read the good and the bad, like any bad season of your favourite show or a bad film in the franchise.

Venditti might have created one of the most interesting new heroes in the DC canon, granted Damage was created in the early 90s, but
Adam Fisher
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.
The first book I have read from the "New Age of Heroes" from DC Comics.
Ethan Avery, who wanted to serve his country and fight, has become the only success of the Damage Project, a chemically altered warrior (think pretty much exactly like the Incredible Hulk) who is unstoppable for 60 minutes. Taking on the city of Atlanta and the new Task Force XL (Suicide Squad), then Wonder Woman, as well as Poison Ivy and Gorilla Grodd, Damage lives up to his name.

But he is changing.... Damage and
First, a thank you to Edelweiss and DC Comics for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


This book introduces a new character to the DC mythology, one Mr Ethan "Elvis" Avery who for one hour every day turns into a hulking, huge, living weapon of mass destruction controlled and operated by the military. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realise he was brand-brand new at first. I felt certain I’d seen this character before but now I’m thinking I mixed him up with Doomsday.

Sina Tavoosi
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc-comics
Damage started well enough, the art was great and I thought the character had potential. But then not only they changed the artist, but also a host of other DC characters started randomly appearing in the book, as if it was a playground for "characters who might help sales that don't look like a flying mammal".
Not impressed so far. I expected much more from Robert Venditti.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
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If there’s one thing that Dark Nights: Metal has left us with, it’s the arrival of new forces and threats into the DC Universe. With the damage done to the Source Wall, it was only a matter of time before unimaginable things started to occur. In that regards, DC Comics launched eight new comic book series which introduces fans to brand new heroes to explore and love. This incredibly monumental move could be devastating if the results aren’t prom
Wayne McCoy
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Damage Vol. 1: Out of Control' by Robert Venditti with art by Tony Daniel is part of the DC New Age of Heroes line. Once you start reading this, that will seem like a confusing title for this character.

Ethan Avery volunteered for a project with the military called 'The Damage Project.' That should have been his first warning to run away. Instead, he got turned in to a monster that wreaks havoc blindly on everything around. The good news is that this only lasts for an hour, then he becomes poor
Oct 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wow, this must easily be on the way to being DC's biggest-selling book, like, totally evs! It's got this super indestructible title character, who's a bit of a monster, but only for a one-hour shift each day. I mean, just look at him go – even his own controllers can't control him, not even in an Iron Man suit. So up comes the Suicide Squad! And you know what? Not even they can control him! So Wonder Woman comes along – and even other characters in the JLA get a whole word to speak, it's that am ...more
Steven Morton
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Glad I got this as a trade instead of single issues. The art really falls in quality after Tony Daniel leaves after issue 3 and so does the story. The focus shifts from Jonas and the team she has hired to this unneccessary Posion Ivy/Gorrilla Grodd plot and and to me there was no reason for Swamp Thing except to get Ethan a ride up the river to D.C. but please have Damage do so some landscaping first for ST. I will not continue to pick up subsequent trades of this title but wanted to check it ou ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Damage, Vol. 1: Out of Control by Robert Vendetti et. al. is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early September.

At the heart of a huge, Hulk-like monster named Damage, there is a human soldier for the Army named Ethan. To the somewhat dismay of his fellow soldiers, he can turn into Damage for one hour at a time every twelve hours and is being sought for capture by the Suicide Squad and the Justice League, due to interfering with missions that they’re expected to take care of and running
Jessica Woods
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Damage Vol. 1 was a refreshingly different superhero tale for the DC universe. Faithful soldier, Elvis Avery wants to be a hero and volunteers for a secret military experiment. A monster is what he becomes for one hour at a time he wreaks havoc wherever he may be. Taking on the Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, Damage is just a monster who wants to be left alone and defending the helpless when that is the only option. The art is easy on the eyes with splendid colors and clean, beautiful drawings. ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
One of the better Hulk stories you are going to read was done by DC...?

Yeah, I'm as confused as you are.

And they aren't even subtle about it, yet it works. The lead is interesting, the art is really nice, great action scenes, and even the shadowy government group tracking Damage aren't as annoying as they usually are in these kind of stories.

It shouldn't work, but yet it is an entertaining read.
Maybe, marvel with their rainbow of Hulks just conditioned me to accept anything vaguely Hulk-ish, or
Nathaniel Darkish
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a decent story. I mean, it rips off the Hulk from Marvel wholesale, but that said, there were some interesting interactions between Damage and other established players in the DC universe. I especially enjoyed the story arc bits involving Ivy and Swamp Thing. I think there is inherently a lot of potential with Damage, and I hope they go on to fulfill it in future volumes instead of just continuing to rehash story arcs that have been done for decades with Hulk comics, which is how this vo ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ethan Avery wanted to become a hero, so he joined the military where he became part of a secret weapons test. Now he becomes Damage and destroys for an hour and then need to rest for twenty-three hours. Ethan is not happy, so he escapes, knocks out the Suicide Squad and fights Wonder Woman to a draw in Atlanta. Interesting interlude with Poison Ivy and Swamp Thing that offers him new options. An interesting beginning for a different hero.
Daniel Butcher
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
Hulk combined OMAC combined with Hour Man gets you Damage.

It's a typical comic story bringing a new hero into DC...I'm just not sure why Metal is on the cover and if DC needed a Hulk when they have OMAC currently on the bench.
Charles Mitchell
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
fun. new. different.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Damage vs. The Suicide Squad was a fun conflict and I hope to see more of Waller and the Squad in future Damage stories.
Lukas Holmes
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hi I'm the Hulk. I'm also many other lesser comic book stories. I'm also...whatever the hell I'm called in this. Hi. Hi. HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc, arc
This graphic novel collects the first six issues of DC’s new Damage comics. The first issue was originally released in January 2018.

I’d never heard of Damage before, but this is a re-imagining of the character originally created back in 1994. Damage is a lot like the Incredible Hulk, though instead of a brilliant scientist, his secret identity is a soldier with dreams of becoming a hero.

Ethan Avery, a 21-year-old soldier, volunteers to take part in an experimental program. The goal: to create a
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Robert Venditti is a New York Times best-selling author whose characters and concepts have been adapted to film and television. He has written the monthly comic book series X-O Manowar and Wrath of the Eternal Warrior for Valiant Entertainment, Green Lantern and the The Flash for DC Comics, and the children’s novel series Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape for Simon & Schuster. He currently writ ...more

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