‘Rapid City: Below Zero #1’ – Comic Book Review

Rapid City: Below Zero #1 is a story of supervillains, betrayal, romance, catastrophe, and revenge—which is quite a bit to pack into less than 30 pages of comic. Intercut all of that with flashbacks to the origin story of one of the villains, and you’ve got a whole lot going on in a very short space. It’s a bit difficult to keep up with at first, but things get better as they go along, and it remains fun throughout.

Piledriver and Icicle, whose basic powers and personalities should be evident just from their names, have agreed to team up with some fellow villains for one final, extremely lucrative job before retiring to a life of luxury. But, the leader, Coil, betrays the rest of the team, taking the loot for himself and blowing everyone else up. As the only survivors, Piledriver and Icicle are now trapped in a collapsed tunnel and must work together and summon all their strength if they ever hope to escape and get the rotten son-of-a-gun who did this to them. Meanwhile, we also get to see Icicle’s troubled past, from the traumas of childhood to her rebellious and oppressed adolescent years, as she discovers her powers and a group of outcasts who finally understand her.

Much of the story is fairly standard, but it’s still well done and entertaining. The artwork is good (all in black and white), and the characters, though not overly developed, are still easy to identify with, and, therefore, root for. It will be interesting to see where this goes from here.

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