Poverty Breeds Heroics
I‚Äôd like to introduce you to the newest superhero in town, Revenger!
Michael Powell Jr. is the creator and artist for Revenger.¬† He brought on writer Rolando Garcia to write and letter the webcomic.¬† Garcia is also the brains behind the iPad app where you can get the first issue of Revenger for FREE!
From what I can tell Revenger is a superhero webcomic with some old school action.¬† But what do I know? I still think Batman should be half bat half man.
So I asked the creators who Revenger really is and this is what they told me.
MP: Revenger, aka David Ramirez, is a street level costumed crime fighter in the fictional city of Ultra City. He and his older sister were raised by his mother in a very poor, crime-infested section of the city. ¬†David had no male figure in his life, so he looked up to the costumed heroes of the day, especially Ominus, another one of my characters. He would fantasize about prowling the rooftops and punishing those who would prey on the weak. ¬†One night while his sister was walking home, she was assaulted and almost killed by a group of street thugs.
Enraged, young David grabbed a baseball bat and put on a mask, determined to find the scum who hurt his sister. When he found those responsible, the gang beat him to a bloody pulp, and they would have killed him had Ominus not intervened. Ominus saw something in David, and he decided to take him under his wing. Long story short: David grew to adulthood, receiving the finest training in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry. For a few years he fought crime alongside his boyhood hero. Eventually, though, the two had a falling out, and David struck out on his own.
RG: This first arc is really about him growing up. He’s been a superhero since he was 13 and he’s never stopped to think about it. Now he’s in his very late 20′s and he’s entering a belated rebellious period, akin to a teenager in many ways. That’s leading to some selfish decisions. Some are good-selfish things he should’ve done sooner to take care of himself. Some are not very bright ideas at all. Obviously, he’s still going to be a superhero at this end of this, but the kind of hero he becomes will be one he’s chosen to be.¬†
Superheroes are curious characters. They‚Äôre secretive, mysterious, and fearless.¬† I had to ask what was the inspiration behind such a character.
¬†MP:¬†¬† I’ve always loved superheroes, especially Daredevil, Spider-Man, and Batman. I wanted to make a comic that captured that old school sense of adventure. Revenger is meant to embody everything I love about Superhero comics.
As mentioned earlier, issue #1 is free on the iPad, and Garcia explained the app to me.
RG: Issue #1 is available in a special edition for free on the iPad. In making the app, I wanted to re-imagine what a comic book could be for these new kinds of screens. The way I see it, a comic book is still a reading experience, so the reader should dictate the pace — no animations, for example — but pan & scanned comics are kinda lame. So I broke it down by panels and tried to take full advantage of the screen. The iPad app also has the comic in its original format, Mike’s pencils and my script.
Powell Jr. and Garcia both have several other projects in the works. Powell Jr. is always working on pin ups and several other comic related projects. You can check out some of his work here http://www.michaelpowellart.blogspot.com/
Garcia has only been writing comics for about two years, but he‚Äôs getting a lot of experience in a short time. Here‚Äôs what else he said he‚Äôs been working on.
RG: Swamp Fox, with (mysterious information withdrew to protect the identity of the not so innocent!) Also, I’m writing two “Spotlight” stories for Joe Cook’s Shattered Myth (shatteredmyth.com). One featuring Hermes, with artist Eric White (geekywhiteguy.com) and another feature Dakuwaqa with Joe Cook himself. You can also read a short story I wrote for Shattered Myth Vol. 3, with art by Micah Weltsch (http://www.frostykzink.com/). It’s my first work in print and you can buy in Joe’s site:¬†http://www.webkomix.com/sm/products-page/
The duo has no current plans to print, but as Garcia said, ‚Äúnever say never!‚ÄĚ¬† You can find Revenger at http://revengercomic.com/ and on the iPad app.
Revenger updates weekly. Revenger #1 and #2 are available to read in full on the site.¬† Another comic, Sovereign #1 is available there too. Revenger #3 should be available starting in late October/early November.
They were also generous enough to give us a sneak peak at the first three pages of Revenger #3 with us.
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