As Dark Knights: Metal comes to a close, The New Age of Heroes is debuting. I’m not the best at keeping up with comic announcements, so these books intrigued me when I saw them on the shelf because of their ties to Metal and diverse characters — and their price points don’t hurt, either.

Let’s start with The New Age of Heroes: Sideways —

The New Age of Heroes: Sideways
Creators: Kenneth Rocafort, Dan DiDio, Justin Jordan, and Daniel Brown.

Sideways is a high school student named Derek James, who found himself with the ability to “rift” to different locations after falling through some dark energy in Gotham during the events in Metal.The New Age of Heroes: Sideways

I really loved this issue. It has a fun, youthful energy around it. I will say Sideways’ costume is a bit lacking in my opinion as it looks a little too similar to Spider-Man’s costume. Besides that, I really like Derek’s personality and his supporting cast. Also, the art is very well done. There seems to have been a lot of thought given to the overall look of the characters, and the high school moments really ring true.

Next up, The New Age of Heroes: The Silencer —

The New Age of Heroes: The Silencer
Creators: John Romita Jr., Dan Abnett, Sandra Hope, and Dean White

The cover for The Silencer is a little intense considering the current state of gun violence in our country. It also misdirects the audience because Honor Guest is much more than a woman with a gun.

When we meet Honor, she is reflecting on the joys of her quiet life before it’s interrupted by an attack by a human-tech hybrid creature that knows her from her past life. It’s in this interaction we learn about Honor’s power and a few hints about her past through the arrival of Talia Al Ghul.The New Age of Heroes: The Silencer

This is a solid issue that really makes the reader want to read more about the story. I also geeked out super hard over John Romita Jr.’s art collaboration with Hope, White, and Napolitano. The art is fantastic in this issue and everything about Honor’s look and costume is handled so respectfully. I also loved seeing the interactions with Honor’s family. It made me feel immediately connected to the characters.

It will be interesting to see how these series unfold.

By: Kai Charles 

About the Author: Kai Charles is a medical professional, Jedi hopeful, and independent book reviewer at Fiction State of Mind. You can also find her on Twitter at @yogikai tweeting about all things related to Books & Geek Culture