Review: Icon and Rocket: Season One #2

by Seth Singleton
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Review: Icon and Rocket: Season One #2

Review: Icon and Rocket: Season One #2

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Reginald Hudlin, Leon Chills

Artist: Doug Braithwaite

Inks: Scott Hanna, Andrew Currie

Colors: Brad Anderson

Letters: AndWorld Design

Reviewed by: Seth Singleton


Icon and Rocket: Season One #2 delves deeper into the origin story that left off with August Freeman’s arrival and then to his introduction to Raquel. They have public identities and there are threats from the street and the National Security Agency.

Review: Icon and Rocket: Season One #2

Positives — Allies

Rocket and Icon are taking down drug dealers and domestic abuse. Freeman is responding to the challenge from Raquel in the debut issue. Raquel can see a world that would benefit from his power. She has insight and a sense of purpose.

According to a news reporter asking questions, the neighborhood that Augustus and Raquel call home has seen a 65 percent reduction in crime. There are stories of saved lives and mighty deeds. Even some of a lawyer offering free legal advice and representation.

Rocket Takes On Domestic Abuse

All involve the mysterious man and young woman. But no one gets a good look at the face of their saviors. In fact, one witness pushes back against the questions.

“Whatever helps us you take away from us,” says an older resident. “And you expect us to snitch?” The question is rhetorical. The sentiment reflects a community that protects the heroes doing good works. Sadly, not all feel the same.

You Have Five Seconds To Leave

Positives — Enemies

Freeman has learned to live in the shadows. He has benefited from the value of his advanced technology. A partnership with the NSA and other branches of government affords him the privacy he has enjoyed for decades.

However, that relationship is based on his perceived hermitage. By stepping into the light with Rocket Freeman exposes them both to scrutiny. The belt Rocket wears generates a field around her that can absorb energy and return it with great force.

Whatever Helps Us You Take Away From Us

An NSA agent who appears at Freeman’s law offices, notes that Rocket’s belt uses technology that he has not shared with the U.S. government. The meeting ends with a warning. If Icon and Rocket continue in public there will be consequences.

Meanwhile, run-of-the-mill street bosses are fighting back. They are armed with weapons designed to fight Icon. Someone is offering the bad guys the resources to stop advanced alien technology.

Plus, there’s a villain from Freeman’s past. Someone who thought he put an end to Freeman when he was still a rebelling slave. Now, this Mr. Smith intends to finish the job.


Reggie Hudlin is widening the lens of the story. Now that Icon and Rocket are together, this second issue introduces the challenges of the environment they want to change. Police officers don’t like the scrutiny of the press or a process that they cannot influence and the press is trying to uncover a story in a community that is largely ignored unless it is covering a crime story.

A sense of uncertainty is sketched on their faces by Doug Braithwaite’s pencils. The contrasts with the expressions of Freeman, Raquel, and their adversaries are balanced and measured by Andrew Currie’s inks. Brad Anderson’s colors evoke the tension of the shadows and the fire of the flames, while Icon and Rocket glow like beacons across the panels. AndWorld Design’s letters match and keep pace in the dangerous charge to issue #3.

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