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Review: Emergency! #1                          

Emergency! #1

(Cover by Joe Staton)
Published and © by Charlton, Jun. 1976
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Synopsis: When radioactive material turns up missing during a fire at a chemical warehouse, paramedic John Gage leaps into action.

Writer: Joe Gill
Penciler: John Byrne (as Byrne Robotics)
Inker: Byrne (as Byrne Robotics)

Review: This comic is one part confusing and one part silly, yet is still strangely enjoyable. Writer Joe Gill does little to introduce the cast, perhaps because he expected a certain level of familiarity with this TV show crew. But, reading this story decades later, the characters and their relationships are unclear. The only cast member with any kind of definition is an overeager paramedic named John Gage, who somehow ends up leading a police investigation into missing radioactive materials. That’s just silly. The art — by a young John Byrne — is energetic and shows potential, but isn’t quite professional caliber yet.

Grade: B

Second opinions:Emergency! #1 was a compelling comic book, with a dramatic first page splash …” — KaraokeFanboy, A Comic a Day … . “Byrne does a not-too-shoddy job of capturing the likenesses of stars …” — The Groovy Agent, Diversions of the Groovy Kind. … “The first few pages are stronger than the rest, but overall not a bad effort indeed. … 3 out of 5 stars.” — Pencil Ink.

Cool factor: You Comics Bronze Age editor has a thing for singer/actress Julie London, so it’s pretty cool seeing her likeness captured by a young John Byrne.

Not-so-cool factor: The oh-so-hip dialogue. And that silly plot.

Notable: There’s also a text story titled “The Victim!”

Character quotable: “Don’t you dig it, man? You’re a walking bomb!” — John Gage, paramedic and ’70s man of action.

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