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Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Hero Squared: X-Tra Sized Special
If you've been missing the patented Giffen and DeMatteis brand of humor, then this is the book for you. The blend of slap-stick and character based humor is here. The economical characterization is here. Even the Martin and Lewis style pacing of the banter is here.
The set-up of the book is right out of any big super-hero cross-over event: a terribly evil foe has crushed the Earth in an effort to destroy one particular hero, who must now travel to a parallel world to find his counter-part there to help him defeat the enemy. Only in this case, Captain Valor has traveled to a world in which there are no super-powered beings, and his counterpart is a beer-gutted slacker. And the enemy forces are already underway.
Giffen and DeMatteis are an excellent comedy team and this book got plenty of laughs out of me. Plot-wise, well, the plot isn't as important as the comedy, though there is some merit to be had in dropping a motiveless slob into the middle of a vast cosmic crisis. Artist Joe Abraham is an excellent find. His work is very detailed as well as expressive, and he's got a real talent in conveying body language (I especially like the toadying lackey Sloat's use of air-quotes). He could perhaps benefit from an inker, as the book looks like it was colored directly over the penciled pages, which gives the art a soft, unfocused look at times.
Hero Squared is a $3.99, full color comic book from Atomeka Press. If you like your superheroics with some wit and humor, check this book out.