Writer: Brian Joines, Jay Faerber
Artist: Ilias Kyriazis, Charlie Kirchoff
As soon as I read about the premise of this book I was intrigued. It’s getting less and less common for non-Marvel and DC super-hero comics to appear, and after many indie successes such as Invincible, Image Comics seems to be at it again. The basic premise of Secret Identities is that a mole joins the Front Line, this world’s equivalent of the Avengers or Justice League. The first issue is absolutely solid and there is very little that needs to be improved.
Even in the first issue the story has many twists and turns. The style of storytelling flips through several characters and sub-plots, which may be confusing to some. However, everything about the plot so far is compelling. From the first issue we have a lot more questions than answers and I’m excited to see where the book takes us. Despite the super-hero theme, Secret Identities excels at its ability to make a comic-book world feel real. Rather than being full of inconsistencies and ‘it’s just a comic book,‘ the universe feels natural and fully developed. One such example of this is the team. Upon welcoming a new member, they refuse to tell him their secret identities (I wonder where I’ve heard that before) until he is more experienced and ingrained in the team. This and along with the public’s attitudes towards the team, is how Joines and Faerber make their world not only feel realistic but as if there could have been 75 years of these comics before this issue.