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Many new series involve a superhero going bad. IRREDEEMABLE, THE MIGHTY, ABSOLUTION. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAVIOR 28 is a mini-series where a superhero goes good. Too good. So good that his friends and fellow heroes are convinced he has to be an evil duplicate.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAVIOR 28 is written by J.M. DeMatteis wrote about a kind of Superman/Captain America/Spirit pastiche named Savior 28. It is narrated by his former sidekick, Dennis (who looks like Jack Kirby), who used to be his sidekick, the Daring Disciple. The first issue revealed that Savior 28 was assassinated by Dennis using special bullets.

The series so far is Dennis recapping Savior 28 (real name, James Smith) and his "Save the World" movement.

After accidentally killing his worst enemy (Savior 13) and his first girlfriend (Samantha) dying of old age, Savior 28 hits rock bottom. After the World Trade Center attacks (which happen on September 12, 2001, for some reason) Savior 28 is on a World Peace kick. He's even telling other superheroes that fighting isn't solving anything.

Naturally, the other superheroes are suspicious. So they captured Savior 28 and are interrogating him. Harshly. Their thought: Evil duplicate.

The Life and Times of Savior 28 #4 - Page 5

DeMatteis is poking a little fun at his classic "Kraven's Last Hunt" story with Kraven impersonating Spider-Man during the "black costume" phase.

The Life and Times of Savior 28 #4 - Page 6

Dennis is the only one who is certain this is the real James Smith. Heroes like Captain Crystal and Blackrat III aren't convinced.

The Life and Times of Savior 28 #4 - Page 8

The Life and Times of Savior 28 #4 - Page 10

Dennis is not only certain that's the real Savior 28, he arranged his capture, torture and "mind-sifting" or whatever that screen is showing.

The Life and Times of Savior 28 #4 - Page 11

The death of Savior 13 was in the first issue. And it was an accident. The fight with Ms. Jupiter was in issue #2 (I think). Being a villain and all, she attacked him at a peace rally. Savior 28 tried reasoning with her, then threw a tree at her in frustration.

The Life and Times of Savior 28 #4 - Page 12

Whoops, misplaced word balloon.

The Life and Times of Savior 28 #4 - Page 13

"... when 3000 people went down with those two towers."
Jimmy admits that part of this "plan" was because of guilt, as well as feeding his ego by a "Grand Gesture." But Jimmy is certain this idea can work. Even if it is a delusion, it is better than "telling the same old story."

Dennis lets Jimmy go, warning him about the assassination we already saw happen. Then Jimmy is rescued by two anti-heroes (or anti-villains) who agree with him. That doesn't end well either, but Dennis doesn't want to "rush things," as this is *his* eulogy as well.

I'm very curious where this mini-series is going.

Date: 2009-08-14 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com
Meh, not impressed.

That line about Bin Laden seems especially stupid to me. He's not a damn hydra, and the idea that you'd just let someone go who killed 3000 people because 'it continues the circle of hate' just boggles the mind. That's not justice. I mean, come on, even the Pope admitted that the invasion of Afganistan was just. It's called self defense.

Besides the fact that seems to denounce a style of writing that's not been around in years, it's as narrow minded as those that it denounces.

Instead of acting like violence is the only response to a situation, it should show why violence is an incomplete response in and of itself. Have Savior 28 rebuild the buildings he destroys, do community work when he breaks up a gang, etc.

This would probably be a better story if it was just about Savior 28 getting tired of the good fight, but it really don't seem that way. It just seems like some lame moral lecture.

Date: 2009-08-16 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
I don't think 28 is saying that Bin Laden shouldn't be punished, simply that simply flying over and squishing his head is a reactionary action that would do no good, and only serve to galvanize his men. If you don't want to encourage the sort of chaos that Bin Laden thrives on, then you must bring him in alive and have him tried by the law.

Date: 2009-08-16 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com
That certainly doesn't seem to be the impression that they're trying to convey in this scene. Savior 28's renouncing all forms of violence, which is fine character wise but terribly naive as a message, IMO.

Date: 2009-08-16 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Renouncing violence doesn't preclude simply finding and arresting someone - and I don't think he's necessarily renouncing violence absolutely and completely, just saying that one should not depend on it the way he's been doing for most of his life, and that nonviolence is infinitely preferable and should be sought out whenever possible. That's my take on it, anyway.


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