Thunderbolt Jaxon #1

February 13, 2006 | Comics


Thunderbolt Jaxon #1 (of 5)
Dave Gibbons, John Higgins
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$4 ($2.99 US)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Being neither British, nor over 40 might be a bit of a hinderance when it comes to appreciating Thunderbolt Jaxon.
According to the afterword explanation by writer Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Jaxon had his moments from his creation in 1949. He shared an origin with the original Captain Marvel by being an average boy who turned into a muscleman by uttering a magic word (or, in Jaxon’s case 14 words inscribed on his magic belt).
With Wildstorm’s new Albion line, a reinvention of classic British superheroes, Gibbons and artist John Higgins have taken a stab at an all-new Jaxon and have quite quickly come up with something quite good.
When Jack Jaxon and his friends Billy and Saf go exploring at a recently uncovered historical site, they’re stunned when a bolt of lightning reveals a buried treasure: a gold cross, necklace and belt. Each teen takes an item and they eventually go their separate ways. But when Jack tries on his new belt, he quickly finds out it does a heck of a lot more than hold his pants up.
Just one issue in, the new Thunderbolt Jaxon is a golden as the magic belt he wears.

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