There have been quite a few cool new series starting up over the last few months. Some, like Silencer and Mister Miracle, have been cool fresh starts on older, largely-forgotten comics. Sideways is a new hero from DC that has branched off from events in the ongoing Dark Knights Metal series and is now part of DC’s “New Age” lineup.
Sideways is the story of Derek James, a seemingly-unremarkable teenager who is the adopted son of a family who, due to previous events in DC’s “Metal” run, have grown to be extremely over-protective. What they do not realize is Derek, after facing down the darkness, has been imbued with the power to create “rifts” and teleport freely to just about anywhere on a whim. This comes at a cost, however, as someone (or something) has become aware and disturbed by Derek’s abuse of the space time continuum, so now he has become a target of forces that are not of this world.
Sideways does a good job of establishing its characters early on through quality sequential storytelling and very solid artwork. Even though each of the core characters are in their own ways archetypal, they are written in a mostly-naturalistic fashion which makes them far more convincing. The world in which this story is set feels somehow more real than many of the more over-the-top settings we see so much in comics, despite taking place in DC’s own Universe. There is a human quality to things that can sometimes be lost when dealing with superhero stories.
In its first issue, Sideways establishes a cast of individuals that I look forward to following in the future. If you have a chance to hit the comic shop, give Sideways #1 a shot! It’s worth a read and shows the potential for a huge plot with real stakes. I look forward to #2, which is slated for a March 14th release!
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