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OK, shoulder angel and devil are in full effect here.

Shoulder angel: This is the Mark Millar that wrote Superman: Red Son, Superman: Adventures, Superior, The Authority, and the Ultimates, be optimistic :)

Shoulder devil: This is the Mark Millar that wrote Nemesis, Kick-Ass, Wanted, and...the Ultimate Avengers, be cynical :(

For the moment, my shoulder angel is winning and I am tentatively interested in Mark Millar's series Supercrooks and wanted to ask if any on scans_daily have picked up the first issue (which I believe is out now) and would care to weigh in.

For anyone who hasn't heard about this book, the premise is that in the United States, superheroes are so ubiquitous and effective at combating crime that supercriminals have a hard time making a profit. So a group of these criminals decide to relocate to Europe where strict laws against ANY superhuman using their powers mean that no law-abiding superheroes are present to oppose them.

Preview pages below, courtesy of Comic Book Resources:



See, this is getting my optimism all worked up. We have an interesting premise (described often as Ocean's 11 meets superhero/villains), a story that is not set in the US (or nonexistent countries thereof), a world where superheroes are not only present but also competent and not complete jerks (thus far), and I also like the aesthetics of each supercharacter's unique costume and design. Plus that "electric powers" line made me laugh. The violence also seems pretty toned down for Millar's standards.

Also like the hero character Gladiator seen here. He is unlikely to appear again IMO but his character is pretty well-established in just a few panels. And he's clearly good at his job. He works with police to get a quick briefing, uses cameras to get a picture of who he's up against, he gets onto the subway train where the villains are, tells hostages to clear out as best as possible, takes the baddies down without killing them, and delivers them to the police.

And he's got a cool costume too! Like the patriotic suit mixed with the helmet and gauntlets of his namesake. (See Jim Lee, sometimes just smooth clean spandex is fine, no excessive cross-hatching or inexplicable seams required) One nitpick is that his holster/harness thing seems like it would be quite uncomfortable in the groin region, but I'm not familiar with holsters so maybe that's how they really are? :P

Thoughts friends? Anyone read this first issue yet? Any feedback or opinions?

First post under new rules so please let me know if there are any problems. Thanks

Oh and also, a teaser for the movie that is apparently being made about this comic. Say what you will about Mark Millar, he's certainly staying on the go with his properties.


 




Date: 2012-03-22 03:10 pm (UTC)
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"And to take your example of a living back-up power supply, do you think that any tech company would pay to have a human being just stand around waiting for a black-out? A human being who might fall asleep or go to the bathroom right when the black-out occurs?"

Yes, I do. There's a whole multi-billion dollar industry dedicated to that very idea, known as disaster recovery. My company pays money...a LOT of money...to store computers at a remote site for this very reason. The same site that companies displaced by 9-11 relocated to and ran their businesses from after they had to evacuate Manhattan. He wouldn't be there to keep the systems continually running, but he would be invaluable in a power outage or at a disaster site.

I'm sure you could make a whole scenario where it all works...but I don't credit Millar with that much effort. And yeah, I remember loving that heat vision/mirror trick. Which I think they explained that it was a fragment of mirror from his spaceship, so it wouldn't warp or be destroyed from his vision powers. :)

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