vrijdag 27 mei 2016

Earthling # 2

In this second issue we get a glimpse at the origins of Earthling and a better idea of his universe. This series takes place mainly in The Netherlands, or a version of it where most signs are in english ;-).
We get to meet Holland's very own version of Superman and Captain America in The Flying Dutchman who servers as a perfect example for us why Earthling exists and what sets him apart from other heroes. Where most heroes worry about the big villains our vegan superhero takes care of the animals who are endangered. He is more interested in justice than the law, which will be sure to have him clash with some of the superheroes we meet this issue.
The whole idea is more fleshed out than #1 which seemed to be more about the flash-bang end of the concept. This one's writing is really better than the first issue.
The artwork is spectacular, definitely up to Marvel or DC standards. Of the two artists contributing I prefer Bien Flores' work which looks a bit more timeless than Jim Jiminez'.
Cool artwork, cool new heroes and a message. This is what comics should be about!

donderdag 21 januari 2016

Earthling # 1

How can you make your superhero comic stand out from the mass-production of Marvel and DC? Well, it helps if you can make it identifiable to a certain niche group. If you can do what Stan Lee did for Spider-Man did for nerds, or Milestone did for African Americans you might be on to something. We need more diverse heroes in age, race, sexual orientation and beliefs. Here is such a prime example. Meet Earthling, the vegan superhero, created by Dave Brink.
In this first issue we meet this hero who seems to be a cross between Wolverine and Animal Man. A ferocious champion for animals he can be quite zealous in his approach which has him clashing with emotion bending superheroine Miss Lovechild and a bizarre supervillain.
We also get a look at his "universe'' where unregistered heroes are called ''radicals'' and a superhuman is named an ''ultravalid'' instead of mutant or meta-human. There's a Fantastic Four-like team cleverly called Fource Majeure in a brief appearance as well. All these elements really managed to capture my imagination.
The art by all artists (Dave Brink, Bien Flores, Izik Bell) is very good, at a Marvel / DC level for sure as are the colors. There's a certain nineties style to it that suits the story well. The story is exciting and bold and a good set-up for I hope a lot more.
And hey, there's no reason why Earthling couldn't be the mascotte for straight edge punk bands into veganism that  Judge Dredd or Lobo are for metalheads.

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