â€œNightwatchâ€.Â Itâ€™s been a while since a cartoon nostalgia comic has gotten me this excited.Â As a matter of fact, I donâ€™t think a cartoon nostalgia comic has ever been this GOOD.Â Thatâ€™s probably because itâ€™s more than just a â€œnostalgia comicâ€, as I so bluntly put it, itâ€™s the proper third season to Disneyâ€™s masterpiece of animation, Gargoyles.Â The original third season, â€œThe Goliath Chroniclesâ€, were not produced by the series creators and were met by fans with a very unpleasant response.Â This comic is intended to be the third season as it was meant.
The first issue picks up right where the last episode of season 2 left off, and any Gargoyles fan will get chills just reading the first page.Â Issue #1 cuts straight to the action, telling you everything you need to know along the way.Â Just like the cartoon, it the comic doesnâ€™t treat the audience like theyâ€™re idiot.Â Thereâ€™s a two page spread/montage where Goliath recounts the origin of the Gargoyles (in extreme brevity), but thatâ€™s a service to the really new new-comers.
Spinning out of the â€œHunterâ€™s Moonâ€ arc from season 2, the Gargoyles are now known to humanity, and feared by most.Â A group of Klansman-like hate-mongers, known as â€œThe Quarrymenâ€, are gathering volunteers by playing on mass hysteria to wage a war on the Gargoyles.Â One of my FAVORITE secondary characters from the old series, Vinnie, looks to be playing a rather important role in the comic, and thatâ€™s just awesome.
The art is a real treat.Â I was afraid that theyâ€™d get an artist who wanted to put his own â€œstylistic spinâ€ on the characters, but thatâ€™s thankfully not the case.Â David Hedgecockâ€™s pencils are magnificently accurate; the characters look like theyâ€™ve jumped off the TV screen and right onto the page.Â Will Terrellâ€™s colors are gorgeous, adding tha extra touch of beauty to the story.
So far only ONE issue of this comic has been released and Iâ€™m already hooked like a heroine-addict.Â While I never hated the Goliath Chronicles as much as most fans, this definitely looks to be an improvement.Â Greg Weisman knows what heâ€™s doing.Â So if youâ€™re a hardcore Gargoyles fan, a casual fan, or even if youâ€™ve never really heard of them, this is a comic I highly recommend.Â Itâ€™s the best book Iâ€™ve read all month.