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That's the question asked by Warren Ellis' No Hero, a seven-part mini-series that explores the great cost of having powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. It's odd how Ellis, an author who is frank about having no interest in superheroes, consistently produces some of the freshes superhero stories around. Maybe his lack of interest gives him a unique perspective, idunno. In any case, No Hero is no exception.

I've noticed that there have been posts to scans_daily about Ellis' other two Avatar superhero titles, Black Summer and Supergod, but none for this one. That shall now be rectified. Here's two pages from issue 0 and six from issue 1. Future entries will cover the rest of the series.

Oh, also: This series includes that rarest of animals, an Ellis protagonist who doesn't drink or do drugs.

The world of No Hero was exactly like our own until July 6 1966. That day, a group of superpowered individuals in gasmasks introduced themselves to San Francisco.

The main of the series takes place in 2011. (And that's kind of odd because there's nothing in the story that demands it be in the near future instead of present.) Two member of the Front Line were recently murdered. The identity of the culprits remains unknown. Carrick Masterson is now searching for individuals to replenish his team's ranks. One young man, a vigilante in New York, comes to his attention.

That's just what Carrick wants to hear. Welcome to the Front Line, Joshua Carver.

Date: 2010-09-29 07:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradhanon
There's one thing that bugs me about Ellis's superhero work. There's always a speech similar to the one in here about how people shouldn't have to be afraid of street crime, which is dandy, except for two points: these stories are always about Americans, and the American fear of street crime isn't rational.

Violent crime has been dropping for thirty years. Mugging has become rare, assaults have declined just about every year I've been alive, auto theft has dropped off a cliff. The scenario in this story, where the hero interrupts a robbery at gunpoint? Right now, today, there are dozens if not hundreds of Americans out there, literally doing nothing but trying to find such a scenario. And I'm just counting the actual amateur crimefighters--Guardian Angels, amateur superheroes, would-be vigilantes looking as hard as they can for someone getting robbed like that. None of them will succeed. I speak both from personal experience and an ability to read.

Make no mistake: you will probably be robbed sometime this year. But it'll be by someone richer than you, that you've never met, and it will be perfectly legal. And there will be no way to jump off a fire escape onto it.

Ellis keeps writing these stories about how to make superheroes practical in the real world, and I love 'em, except that it's not the real world. You have to invent something fake for them to fight, and to pretend that something fake is something real always jerks me out of the story.

Date: 2010-10-13 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
That may be the reason why this is set in 2011 - perhaps street crime in supposed to have taken a dramatic jump in the ensuing year.

Date: 2010-10-13 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
...IS supposed.

Date: 2010-10-13 07:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seawolf10

Make no mistake: you will probably be robbed sometime this year. But it'll be by someone richer than you, that you've never met, and it will be perfectly legal. And there will be no way to jump off a fire escape onto it.

He did address corporate/political corruption in Stormwatch, as I recall.

I'm not sure about the level of detail -- I'll have to look through my copies.


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