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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 08:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lascoden
I think the reason villains don't relocate is because they just know the heroes will somehow stumble into their plan. No matter where Spider-Man goes, he somehow manages to run into one of his villains, whether it's to the beach or outer space.

Date: 2012-03-23 12:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deleonjh
More like that darned Parker luck. All he wanted was to go to the beach, Doc Ock, why did you have to have your secret hideout there?

Date: 2012-03-23 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Even when I was reading comics as a kid, I just assumed that there were superheroes all over the world, they just don't get talked about as much as a Batman or a Superman or a Spider-Man or X-Men.

Date: 2012-03-23 03:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Which is generally the case, which we see in occasional stories that bring in international heroes. (Although in the DCU, officially Canada is lacking any publicly active ones, which is really weird.)

The same holds for cities in the US where the major characters don't hang out - there's a good chance there's heroes, there, too, we just don't see them until one of the big guns passes through and meets them.

Date: 2012-03-23 03:47 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Tedd from El Goonish Shive. Drawn by Dan Shive, coloured by Kamino Neko. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
(Although in the DCU, officially Canada is lacking any publicly active ones, which is really weird.)

Well, we were at one point, anyway...Robinson's JLA brought in that shadow-powered Mountie, and who knows whether they'll keep that bit of random weirdness if the opportunity to show Canada pops up in the new continuity.


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