Tuesday, 14 September 2010
...Because Other People Write Books Too
So, a little while back, I was asked by Ian Sharman to write a foreword for Hero 9-5, a superhero comedy he's written for Markosia (with art by David Gray). This is the first time I've done something like this. Well, actually, I did write an introduction to Scott James' art portfolio, but that was really more like therapy for me, because I've been working with Scott for a while now and staring too long at his supremely mental artwork...does things to your brain. I still get twitchy sometimes. Talking about it helps.
Anyway, Hero 9-5 is released pretty soon so you can try it out for yourselves. For my money, it sits somewhere between a muscular soap opera and a pro-wrestling spectacular, with enough bite and wit to keep the pace up. I'll be buying a copy. You may also wish to do so. Here's the blurb:
Welcome to a world where being a super hero is just another job.
A world where the rich can afford comprehensive hero protection policies that ensure that the best heroes will come to their aid in an emergency. The poor, however, have to make-do with protection from government sponsored agencies with limited resources whose staff are…shall we say…a little less heroic.
Jacob Reilly, aka Flame-O, is just one such hero, an everyday guy who just happens to be able to shoot flames from his hands. He didn’t want to be a super hero, he wanted to be a musician, but he wasn’t good enough to make a living at it. So he ended up getting a job at “Heroes For Zeros,” a government sponsored hero agency. So, Jacob clocks on, works nine to five (unless he’s short on cash and does overtime or, worse, a night shift) and fights z-list villains for a pathetic pay cheque.
Despite being a super hero, Jacob has all the problems of regular folk – an irritating boss, bills to pay, professional jealousy, and also certain problems that are unique to his profession…like the fact that his girlfriend is also his alter-ego’s nemesis, Frostica (and she’s insanely jealous of his teenaged sidekick, Pink Girl).
Hero: 9 to 5 is a fresh, funny take on the idea of real world super heroes.
Released in October from AAM/Markosia you can order Hero: 9 to 5 from your local comic shop NOW! Diamond Previews order no: AUG10 0726