Electric Warriors is a six issue miniseries, which appears to have nothing to do with the Electric Warrior series that appeared in the late 80s. On the other hand, this book is heavily entwined in DC continuity, while at the same time venturing into entirely new territory.
The series is set a number of years after the events recorded in Kamandi. Humans have taken back control of the Earth, although there is a tense peace between them and the animals who ruled immediately after the Great Disaster. We are not yet at the time period of the Legion of Super-Heroes, but Earth has joined the United Planets. It is considered a backwards world right now, as it is still recovering from society’s collapse.
Into this wonderful milieu we meet some a young human, Oscar Navarro, and a young Octopus, Kana, who have become the Electric Warriors for Earth, about to take part in some interplanetary competition that looks to be a lot more dangerous, and less glorious, than it is made out to be.
So, basically, what we have is DC’s version of the Hunger Games, set in a time period that allows Orlando to draw from both Legion and Kamandi. Sounds good to me!
I suppose one can consider it a bonus that the characters are interesting. Oscar’s family, in particular, are given very good dialogue and relationships with each other.
Travel Foreman’s art is absolutely stunning. Every single page in this issue looks superb.
And there are even some further surprises along the way, a character with no connection to either Legion or Kamandi who winds up showing up on the final page, as well as some treachery being plotted.
I really cannot rave about this first issue enough. Something old and something new, a shiny new toy in a well trod playground.