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The Info Bit

Title: No More Heroes

Genre/s: Mystery/Suspense/Super Hero/Comedy

Writer: Gordon Mclean

Penciler: Caio Oliveira

Colorist: Goran Kostadinoski

Publisher: Self-Published

Number of Issues: 1 (of 4)

Page Count: 22 pages

Price: £1 (Digital) £3 (Signed)

 

The Review Bit

            No More Heroes is actually a rather great story, but it also comes out of a rather inspiring one as well. Gordon Mclean, the series creator, was inspired to make the creator owned and self published comic book series thanks to a Mark Millar panel he attended at Kapow Comic Convention. Now many fans will hit up a convention and walk away inspired to make a comic book, but few have the drive to see it through. So on that alone, we have to give Mr. Mclean a fair amount of credit, coming up with an interesting story, tracking down a good artist, and dealing with the mountains of stress and obstacles that arise as one attempts self publishing. But onto the review of the comic itself:

The series opens when Sid Miller, a young and slightly immature college aged guy, receives an anonymous text asking “SHOULD I KILL MYSELF?” Instantly the book drags you in with this rather odd and yet very dramatic opening sequence that leaves the reader rather on edge. Who could’ve sent this text? Will someone really die based on Sid’s response? Well, when a few days later Sid finds out the famous masked hero, Dark Justice, has committed suicide he certainly believes he is responsible. This is only compounded by Dark Justice’s former sidekick, Black Fury, showing up to confront Sid. From there Sid is in for a very frightening and enlightening adventure.

Overall the series is very well written, with realistic and often hilarious dialogue.  The interactions between Sid Miller and his friends show that Mclean has a great sense of characters and could make any fan of the college roadtrip/party film genre laugh to no end. It is also this spot on dialogue and sense of characters that drive the book, making you quickly become invested in who these people are and what will happen to them. Helping heavily in this is Caio Oliveira’s rather splendid art. Oliveira, a Brazilian comic artist, brings a lot to the series with his amazing facial expressions. Not entirely far from the style of Kevin Maguire, Oliveira’s ability to translate body language and facial expressions of the characters into his drawings make the book, which could easily be just filled with talking heads, very fun to read.

           The character designs aren’t the most over the top, with a very realistic tone that gives off more of a Kick Ass vibe than a Superman in tights and capes feel. However, this works great with Oliveira’s style. With Mclean’s writing style in No More Heroes, you are getting a much more true to life and comedic superhero comic than you could generally find at one of the big two comic companies. If anything I’m tempted to compare it with Dynamite Entertainment’s The Boys, yet the story here honestly seems more interesting than The Boys and less about simple shock value.  For a first comic, the team of Mclean and Oliveira have hit it out of the proverbial park and should certainly be kept an eye on.

The Rating Bit

No More Heroes has great artwork with perfect character depiction. It may not be breaking any boundaries with its art style, but Oliveira is definitely an artist whose work can properly carry a story. This combined with the humorous and very captivating tale forged by Gordon Mclean earns No More Heroes a 9 out of 10 easily. I honestly look forward to future issues and works from Mclean and Oliveira.

 

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