Updated on 16 October, 2021
A recent release from DC comics is called "Vertigo." It is written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by John Broglia. It stars Detective Comics' Dedication Part 1 cover star John Hartley as a cold, calculating and ruthless detective whose specialty is stopping the evil villains of the DC Universe. He is the second member of the Crime Squads team, after John Constantine. He is the son of longtime detective, James Hartley, and the husband of Maggie Sawyer.
The first issue features John Hartley as a detective in the New York City Police Department, working with the very seasoned veteran detective, Frank Petracci. This is the first year that he has been a full-time member of the force. He has been with the department for eight years. He takes the job on the promotion of his friend, Frank Petracci, who is being promoted to the newly created detective squad, the Crime Dogs.
During this promotion, however, Frank gets to realize something he never expected: that Detectives are human too. They fight everyday battles like any other detective would, they have worries and dreams just like any other person. One of these dreams occurs during a case that involves drug trafficking. In an attempt to stop the transaction, John Hartley must take on an incredible amount of guilt, and he brings along his friend, Frank Petracci.
The book begins by taking us back in time to present day, and we see what exactly is happening in John's life. This is probably one of the strongest moments in the entire Homelander comic. He finally decides to pursue his dream and prove himself to his father. After some struggles, John is finally promoted to detective. And while this seems like the culmination of a long, hard journey, it is actually only the beginning.
There are many characters in Homelander that we've grown to love, but two of them have stood out for me. One is Frank Petracci, who is introduced as a thinly veiled psychopath. Frank becomes the go-to guy for shady businesses and he doesn't even tell John. In fact, he is so good at covering up the fact that he doesn't know what he's doing that he ends up getting shot. It takes a while for John to figure out that Frank has been shooting people because of his compulsion to shoot at random people.
The second interesting character that makes a debut in Homelander is Tom Bennett. You meet Tom when he calls John from jail, after he's been freed after serving time for a crime he's committed. John isn't sure if he wants to see Tom again, but he does anyway, after finding out that Tom helped free some other people from jail. Tom starts working with John to solve the mystery of the mafia war. They soon become best friends.
In the end, the story line in Homelander seems to have no definitive conclusion. It leaves you hanging. I wasn't really sure whether or not John would ever have a happy ending, but he definitely did. I feel as though the writers of the comic did a great job of creating a protagonist that was compelling, yet flawed and yet would still manage to keep us coming back for more.
Overall, this is one of the best comic books I've read in a long time. I highly recommend it. The next time you have a few minutes to spare, why not give it a read? I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
The final scene in the second issue is one I love. It's amazing how often the writer is able to create a scene that is exciting and yet still believable. Usually, I find I'm unable to get caught up in the storyline, which is frustrating. However, in this issue, things are kept interesting enough.
The movie is not quite as good as the book, but it's still a decent watch. I'm not sure if I cared for it as much as I thought I would. I feel like in general, movies and comic books that are based on a mystery tend to bore me to tears. However, in this movie, things are laid back and just entertaining. I don't feel as though anything went over the top or too contrived.
Based on the aforementioned synopsis, I feel as though The Homelander Comic Book adaptation will only go mainstream if and when Mark Stevenelli decides to write and direct a follow-up film. I hope that doesn't end up the case. For a movie to be successful, it needs to have some star-power behind it. Unfortunately, he's not that starry anymore. However, I would still recommend the movie to anyone looking for a fun and lighthearted comic book caper.