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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