Review: Silverheels #1

Silverheels #1 cover
Cover by Scott Hampton

Silverheels #1
Published by Pacific and © Bruce Jones Associates, December 1983

Title: “Silverheels”
Synopsis: Silverheels flees the ’Pachee Compound – and the confines of Earth – by crashing the aliens’ Lawkeepers cadet program.

Writer: Bruce Jones and April Campbell
Artist: Scott Hampton

Review: Bruce Jones and April Campbell deliver some high-concept space opera here, with what appears to be a future native reservation on an Earth under the rule of white supremacists. But the real draw here is the beautifully watercolored art from a young Scott Hampton. The color work is sumptuous.


Title: “Robotus Ridiculous”

Synopsis: Flan, a madcap robot server with an appreciation for the past, saves the Earth from an alien attack.

Writer: Uncredited
Artist: Ken Steacy

Review: A silly sci-fi story that’s part Impossible Man, part Transformers. This slight outing features strong, cartoony art from Ken Steacy.

Grade (for the entire issue): B+

Second opinion: “The art by Scott Hampton is fine, and the coloring is alive and vibrant, but the story is a mess. Bruce Jones is capable of much better than this.” – R.A. Jones, Amazing Heroes #42, March 1, 1984 

Cool factor: For a debut series, Scott Hampton’s art is simply stunning.

Character quotable: “Cadet Silverheels, sir, reporting for duty!” – Silverheels, ’Pachee dreamer and intergalactic party crasher

Editor’s note: This review was written July 11, 2020.

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