Midnighter and Apollo

Midnighter and Apollo

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"Continuing the story from his GLAAD Award-nominated MIDNIGHTER series, acclaimed writer Steve Orlando (SUPERGIRL) teams with artist Fernando Blanco (BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL) for Midnighter and Apollo's fiercest battle yet in MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO. Partners. Teammates. Lovers. Even though they'd broken up, it's impossible to keep the heroes known as Midnighter and Apollo apart. But that's exactly what Henry Bendix is counting on. The man who created Midnighter wants to destroy him, and he knows that the perfect warrior has only one weak point--the man he loves. So if he can't send Midnighter to Hell himself, he'll get Midnighter to walk right into the underworld...to rescue Apollo, whose soul has been stolen by the Lord of Hell, Neron. Midnighter is coming to Hell...and Heaven help any demon who stands between him and his man."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, DC Comics,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781401272012
Call Number: GN ORLANDO
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Blanco, Fernando 1971-- Artist

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forbesrachel Aug 29, 2017

When Apollo's soul gets taken away, the bad-ass fighting-machine Midnighter is literally willing to go to hell and fight Death itself to save his lover. This premise could have all too easily gone awry, either by becoming too sappy for the character types, or not heartfelt enough for this age old story. And yet, Orlando brilliantly pulls it off, finding the right way to make a genuine feeling love story that doesn't undermine the cool factor of its heroes. Even though Midnighter receives the most screen time, and is the one who set out to save Apollo, Apollo is no sidekick, or mere secondary character. He is a person is his own right, fleshed out with a history and motives of his own, and is more than capable of fending for himself, and even saving the one he loves. We easily connect to this sympathetic character, both because of his personality and backstory. Midnigther is not as approachable, he is an anti-hero after all. Ultimately, it is Midnighter's relationship with Apollo that humanizes him. He loves him fiercely (even though they have their issues), trusts him implicitly, and is willing to fight alongside him (there is none of that holding them back nonsense). Both treat and respect each other as equals, and because they have a balanced power dynamic, neither of these male icons ever feels emasculated, even when one of them gets princess carried. Both the writing and art is to be praised. The dialogue usually adds to either our understanding of the characters or the plot, the story never veers from its course, and the illustrations have some truly standout moments in terms of the layout, image composition, use of colour (lots of cool contrast between golden Apollo and the black shades of Midnighter), and intense action shots. For an example of the art, check out Apollo's first attempt to escape hell from issue 2.
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Midnighter and Apollo is undoubtedly a superhero comic with plenty of action, but it is one with a romantic's heart at its core.

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nyxieblack
Jul 26, 2017

This miniseries is absolutely fantastic--if you can stomach lots of gore, I heartily recommend it. Also worth noting is that this was my first time reading these characters, and I still enjoyed it quite a bit, even though it took me until the end of issue #2 to be completely sold. If you like stories set in Hell (I do), gay representation (I do), eye-catching art (I do), and some incredible action scenes (I do), then read this!

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