Super Corporate Heroes Vol.1
Miguel Guerra & Suzy Dias
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
With great power, take no responsibility!
After powerful companies (and lobbyists) decimate the golden age of non-profit superheroes, new rules are designed and a new generation of superheroes use their extraordinary powers to earn a living. In this alternate reality, superheroes must be licensed by a mega insurance company called Superhero, Inc and people pay to be rescued. Saddle up for the absurdly modern misadventures of these working superheroes.
The narrative thread weaves around short vignettes detailing moments in the lives of key superheroes that work for Superhero, Inc.
The benefits of working for the company are fame and fortune. Their celebrity can dwarf the paparazzi frenzy of Hollywood stars and all-star athletes combined. The top earner and most famous is American Icon, a former country music star. His invulnerable strength is only matched by his binge drinking and playboy lifestyle. The hardest working superhero is Ms. Titanium. She’s just as strong as American Icon, but when she finds out she’s only paid half of his salary, she walks out to plot her revenge. Then there’s the working stiff heroes, who are overworked, underpaid, and punished for saving people without Rescue Insurance. Enter Blue Collar (a.k.a. Hero in a Hatchback), a divorced father of three with more bills than cash, and Spinlar, a half fly, half spider Brazilian heartthrob who’s trying to live the American dream. His one problem? Spinning a web from his back end can keep even the best superhero’s career from advancing. Back in the golden age, when altruism was noble, the biggest name was Tom Walters, the original American Icon, until his name was illegally trademarked by Superhero, Inc. Tom is fighting the rise of the corporate superhero to get back his name and the right to rescue people without a Superhero License.
Behind it all is Invisible Hand, the most enigmatic and sinister super villain of all. He threads the needle that weaves the plot, stitching seemingly random events together to capture the wealth of nations in his nefarious net.
The first volume - Super Corporate Heroes: Sticky Fingers - slaps a satirical spin on the ludicrous nature of the financial crisis. The mini-series examines the cult of celebrity, economist Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” of the market, and asks the questions - is altruism dead?
Got me hooked!
I've been a fan of Super Corporate Heroes since the first issue. Its a clever and innovative comic that waxes intelligent satire on the behaviors of today's society. I particularly love the dialogue, and the talented illustrations do not disappoint. Excellent unique slant on today's heroes in the comic world. Definitely worth the purchase! Great work and looking forward to more.