Turncoat #1 – #6


Rating: 5/5 – Too Many Heroes? How About Killing Some to Thin the Herd?
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall

Duke is a hitman who specializes in killing heroes.  Typically low-end starter heroes, though, just to keep their ranks in this super-hero universe ranks from swelling to Marvel/DC comics levels of proliferation. Then a contract comes in for the entire LIberty Brigade and things get interesting.  There are 6 issues at about 22 pages per issue available on the website at http://turncoatcomic.com/comic/cover/

What’s Awesome About It?
This online comic was tremendously fun to read, I blew through the 130 or so pages currently available in a single sitting, now the waiting game begins for new pages to be posted!   I’ve often thought there were too darn many super-heroes out there, and loved seeing a world where there was an organized effort to keep them down to a manageable level, kind of like when they have deer hunting season to keep that population down to a manageable level.    Writer Ryan O’Sullivan has a true gift for humor and his story is wonderfully illustrated by Plaid Klaus.  Don’t take my word for it, click the link and read it for yourself.  As with anything, your mileage may vary, but it’s currently free to read, so you’re not going to be out anything but some time and you could get a real treat, like I did.

My Thoughts
There are lots of alternate takes on super-heroes and parodies of the genre out there, I’ve read my fair share of them.  Turncoat stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best of them, in my opinion.  Great art by Plaid Klaus balances just enough humorous/exaggerated art with crisp detail to really hit my eye just right.  Ryan O’Sullivan’s story starts with the basic ‘let’s kill some heroes’ flavor but twists off with sub-plots and machinations that arrive by issue #2 and spin the story in a completely different direction that is even more fun.  Duke could be one-dimensional but O’Sullivan makes him an interesting and even sympathetic character by weaving elements from his personal life into the story.  I click through and try out a lot of webcomics, not many get me me to stick around and read them all the way through to the point where I’m anticipating the next new page.  Turncoat did that.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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