When Vibe was introduced in the previous version of the DC Universe, he was seen as little more than a stereotype. Paco Ramone, of Puerto Rican descent, was a break dancing teenager leading a local street gang, Los Lobos. Thanks to the New 52 relaunch, however, Vibe has been re-imagined as a full dimensional character with a revised power set and specific mission within the DC Universe. "Justice League of America's Vibe" #1 is co-written by Geoff Johns ('Justice League of America") and Andrew Kreisberg with art by Pete Woods and Sean Parsons. The issue is in stores today.
Francisco Ramon was one of the first victims of Darkseid's invasion of Earth five years ago. Caught in the event horizon of a boom tube opening, Cisco's vibrational frequency is slightly off from the rest of Earth's inhabitants, granting him unique abilities, as well as some inconvenient side effects. Recruited by A.R.G.U.S. to be the super-hero, Vibe, Ramon is being trained to fulfill an important role in Homeland Security. A role his powers make him specifically suited for.
Johns and Kreisberg, in just one issue, have created a viable new character with the potential to be an important part of the DCU. Apart from that, the writers have also established Cisco's home life and the tension within that family resulting from Darkseid's attack. Additionally, the pair has peppered in some mysteries that will unfold over subsequent issues. Foremost among them are: Who was Subject 1? What is The Circus and who are the super humans held within it? The glimpses so far already creates a lot of intrigue. Pete Woods' art, as always, is solid and is well suited for the young hero and his adventures. "Vibe" looks to be a mix of character and action and Woods is apt at handling both.
In fact, all the gears within the pages are working perfectly together. The only thing working against this title being a break out hit is the marketing of Vibe as the "unlikeliest hero." For one, it misrepresents the tone of the book, giving the impression that "Vibe" is a humor book, which it is not. "Vibe," while not overly dark, has a standard super-hero tone. Cisco also possesses all the attributes to be a very capable and inspiring super-hero, even though he is currently inexperienced. Additionally, it downplays the fact that Vibe will play a vital role in the protection of Earth. His very powers make him the "likely" choice for this role. So, do not let the "unlikeliest hero" tag line give you pause. "Vibe" is a quality super-hero title starring a character playing a pivotal role in the DC Universe. It is not to be overlooked.
"Justice League of America's Vibe" #1 is in Philadelphia area stores today. Vibe can also be seen in "Justice League of America" #1, also in stores today. To find a comic shop near you, go to www.comicshoplocator.com.