Aero #1 (Marvel Comics)
Like all major events, War of the Realms set up some new characters in the hopes of giving them their own series. Unlike other events, those new characters have more things in common with popular Manga series than other comics on the shelves, and the latest series Aero, from Zhou Liefen and artist Keng, serves as a pretty intriguing start for a brand new hero in the Marvel universe.
Lei Ling is Shanghai’s protector, and she loves her city. Using her wind abilities to help design and protect the city, she’s seemingly struck the perfect balance between her life as an architect and as a superhero. But someone is using her city against her, and it’s causing young Ling to question everything about her powers.
Straight up, I didn’t think I’d find anything to like about Aero. I didn’t read the New Agents of Atlas tie-in to War of the Realms, so I was coming into this series completely cold, but Zhou Liefen’s opening issue is extremely new reader friendly. Ling is a really interesting character, and I like that she has such a strong tie to her home city. Liefen’s characterization of Aero is so strong that I feel like I don’t even need to go back and read New Agents of Atlas, she’s already completely fully realized as a character.
Keng’s art definitely makes one think of Manga, and as someone who’s not very big on Manga, it was a little difficult for me to really get into at first. However, I really found myself drawn in once I got to the first big splash page, which is full of so much action and energy that you’d swear you could see Aero’s powers working right before your eyes. I don’t know where Keng has been all this time, but his art is certainly going to make some waves for Marvel.
As far as debut issues go, it’s hard to find fault with Aero. This is a fully realized character with a supporting cast, world, and powers already started up, and there’s very little unnecessary background info to deal with. If you liked her in New Agents of Atlas you’ll definitely love this issue, and even if you didn’t read it like me, you’ll probably find something cool to latch on to as well.