“I write loads of comic books and cartoon shows and TV programs. But of all the things I do, this comic may well be the most rewarding.”Co-creator/writer Mark Evanier, on The DNAgents
(From the intro essay in The DNAgents #1, March 1983)
ReviewTitle: “Born Orphans”
Synopsis: Five artificial teens with superpowers are created as corporate assets – but may prove to have minds of their own!
Writer: Mark Evanier
Penciler: Will Meugniot
Inker: Al Gordon
DNAgents #1 offers echoes of Bronze Age Kirby, which makes sense given co-creator Mark Evanier’s history as an assistant to that legendary creator. But Evanier’s tale isn’t blessed with the King’s prescient futurism or cosmic-scaled concepts. Without such next-level vision, this series debut has a hard time transcending its occasionally clunky dialogue and less-than-subtle characterization. It also gets little lift from artist Will Meugniot; his work is serviceable but lacks power and grace. The DNAgents may eventually grow into a contender, but this first issue is forgettable fare.
Cool factor: Creator-owned superhero from a growing indie publisher …
Not-so-cool factor: … that could be mistaken for a middle-of-the-pack book from the Big Two.
Notable: First appearance of the DNAgents.
“We’re a whole lot better than human and we’ve got to remember that!”Surge, who also claims overconfidence isn't a problem
THE DNAGENTS #1
Published by Eclipse and © Mark Evanier and Will Meugniot, March 1983
Cover by Will Meugniot and Al Gordon