Today marks a monumental event in nerdom. Dynamite Comics has released Masks, its own pulp super-hero team in the likes of DC’s Justice League or Marvel’s Avengers. Masks is comprised of The Shadow, Green Hornet, Kato, The Spider, and Zorro… yes mutha fuckin Zorro. All of these classic noir characters find themselves in New York city under varying circumstances just as a new political party takes control of the city, the “Justice Party”. Go figure the JP is corrupt as all hell, ran by criminals, and start there own gestapo army out of the NYPD. The Shadow leads the rallying cry and teams up with Green Hornet, Kato, and the Spider by the end of the issue surrounded by popo. Zorro is in jail because he is brown… a tad racist, but as I said, the JP is pretty criminal.
Now, I’m mostly familiar with these vigilantes from their various 1930′s radio serials and pulp mags, but Dynamite has pulled me in with this issue. You get a lot of action right off the bat and Alex Ross’ artwork is excellent - he painted the whole thing! In Masks, justice wears a fedora, and it’s pretty killer. Who’s your favorite mask?