Gargoyles–Animated characters return to defend Manhattan in new comic series

Stone by day, warriors by night, they were betrayed by the humans they were sworn to protect.  For a thousand years they were frozen in stone.  Running for 78 episodes in the 1990s and last heard from in a comic book series more than 15 years ago, Disney’s Gargoyles are back again today in the first issue of a new comic book monthly series.  With characters voiced by the likes of Keith David and Ed Asner, and so many Star Trek regulars it may have sounded like its own Star Trek: The Next Generation animated series: Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Colm Meaney, and LeVar Burton, plus Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, and Avery Brooks.  The series was a fan-favorite for its quality of stories that have been compared to Batman: The Animated Series. 

Animated series creator Greg Weisman continues the stone heroes’ story with artwork provided by George Kambadais.  Get your copy of Issue #1 of Gargoyles today at Elite Comics or your local comic shop.  Check out our preview and review of the first issue below, along with six variant cover options.

The animated series’ human protagonist continues her adventures with the familiar Gargoyles team–NYPD detective Elisa Maza, who serves as narrator of this tale.  Like April and her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Detective Maza gets some help in her work from some unlikely Manhattan regulars, led by Goliath, who is also her boyfriend.  Joined by Brookyn and Katana, and their son Nashville (who prefers “Gnash”), plus Coldstone (a zombie-cyborg), Coldfire (a robot), Hudson, Lexington, and Broadway (are you seeing the trend here?), they patrol the city for bad guys.

In addition to TMNT, the dialogue evokes the Transformers and G.I. Joe.  New readers have a lot of backstory to soak up in the first issue, but fans of the animated series will be able to dive right back in.  This is good comic book fun, targeted at a teen audience, but ready for older fans who loved the show.

The covers look like they were rendered straight from the show’s animation cels.  Artists with variant covers are David Nakayama, Amanda Conner, Lucio Parrillo, Lesley “Leirix” Li, Jae Lee, Tony Fleecs, and Trish Forstner.

Here is a preview followed by the covers:

Issue #1 of Gargoyles arrives today at Elite Comics and your local comic shop.

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