Everyone who manifests superpowers goes insane and becomes a threat to society – except for Jake Roth. When Jake manifests superpowers but somehow keeps his sanity, he must decide whether or not to put himself at risk by using his new abilities to help people or do nothing and save himself while innocent people around him get hurt. From war-torn Afghanistan to the streets of South Philadelphia, it’s an all-out fight for survival for The F1rst Hero!
One can only imagine what it would be like to suddenly find yourself with superhuman powers. We’ve certainly seen this type of story before, but what if these new abilities came with a side effect like insanity? With every setting like this we typically have an exception to the rule, and with The F1rst Hero, that’s a big part of story.
After an attempted attack on President Reagan by the first known super villain, anyone known to develop superpowers is hunted down and stripped of all human rights. Our lead character Jake Roth is just a typical Marine, until of course he finds out during deployment that he’s one of these “extrahumans”. For some reason though, he does not display any signs of losing his sanity and attempts to live a normal life. All this falls apart when he tries to defend a young boy struggling with his own powers and gets caught up in the midst of a gang of extrahumans. Jake wants nothing to do with them and vows to be different in hopes of doing the right thing.
With a book full of superpowered characters, there was a great opportunity to show off some really nice artwork. Fortunately, that was taken full advantage of, with plenty of pages filled with eye catching art. Even the other parts of the book that didn’t feature any of the extrahuman powers still looked good though, just minus fight scenes or fast paced action.
While the market may be flooded with more superhero titles than you can count, this one does well in trying to be unique. It’s too early to say exactly where this will go, but this first volume did a nice job of setting up future issues. I’m not sure if I’ll continue with any that may come out later, but it does at least have the potential to be a book worth sticking with.
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