Like Father, Like Daughter #1

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LikeFather1Described during its Kickstarter in October 2014 as “a refreshing take on superheroes from the perspective of a young lady whose father left her to become the world’s first superhero”, Kathryn Calamia’s treatment for Issue One of “Like Father, Like Daughter” is certainly successful in producing a pair of protagonists which are dissimilar to the vast majority of stock crime-fighting characters that have gone before them. In fact, despite this twenty-three page periodical’s narrative arguably touching upon some themes previously explored within the likes of Mike Mitchell’s 2005 comedy film “Sky High” or actor Tobey Maguire’s tongue-in-cheek scene during the 2002 “Spider-Man” movie where he tests out his super-powers for the first time, it is hard to recollect another comic’s leading cast member who seems to so intensely antagonise over their personal life choices by being a super-hero first and foremost, as Invulnerable seemingly does at this publication’s conclusion.

Admittedly, like any good writer “Comic Uno” begins this tale with plenty of pulse-pounding action as the apparently all-power, blue-suited champion for justice is proficiently pencilled by Wayne A. Brown thwarting the escape of a pair of balaclava-wearing, gun-toting bank robbers. But whilst this exhilarating race through the city’s bustling traffic offers this book’s bibliophiles with plenty of visual evidence as to the superman’s terrific speed and formidable physical strength, the sequence’s intense pace is soon replaced with the much more mundane daily habits of Casey’s college life, and arguably it is only at this point that the “YouTube” personality’s script begins its interestingly unique detour from the cape-wearing genre’s normal fare…

Indeed, the utter loathing which Invulnerable’s daughter has for her ‘heroic father’ is particularly palpable throughout this piece, and only seems to dissipate once Stephanie enacts a strenuous work-out regime for her long-term friend in order to establish the limits of the student’s powers; “Look on the bright side, at least we know you can survive a five-storey fall.” The sheer sense of fun the two girls appear to be having during these passages brings a much-needed lightness to proceedings, especially after readers will have had to negotiate four-pages of Casey pontificating over what has happened to her in a local diner, and in addition, helps increase the dramatic sombreness of this comic’s final act, when in a clearly poignant scene wonderfully coloured by David Aravena, the father pens his child an emotional explanatory note as to why he “abandoned his true responsibilities.”

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For the past forty or so years I have been collecting American comics… To begin with they were predominantly black and white British reprints of “Marvel Comics Group” titles such as “Spider-Man Comics Weekly”, “The Mighty World of Marvel” and “Star Wars Weekly”; all six to ten pence editions I could store away under my bed in a large cardboard box. As a result though I was introduced to the teenage angst of Peter Parker, the discovery of a frozen Captain America by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, witnessed the dreadful rage of Doctor Bruce Banner, and even travelled to a galaxy far far away... Later I would be able to afford actual America colour comic books and supplemented my collection of “Marvel” titles such as “Conan the Barbarian”, “Howard the Duck” and “Captain America” with some “DC Comics” issues of “Batman”, “Green Lantern” and “Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew”. There would even be time for Independent publications such as “Wildcats”, “Spawn” and “The Authority”. These days however I must admit to yearning back to the simpler times of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, back to when both artwork and storylines were straightforward, easy to follow and super-heroes were just starting out on their adventures. A time when no-one had yet to be resurrected from the dead for the fourth time. I've written over seven hundred comic book reviews on my blog over the past few years, with them usually following my latest purchases, all wrapped up in a large brown paper bag, as well as occasional ‘flashbacks’ to some of the classic "Golden Age" issues I already own…

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  1. Thanks for the review, very well written piece.

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  2. Thanks Kat. I’m looking forward to reading/reviewing the rest of the series over the next few weeks 🙂

    Good luck with your current Kickstarter to get the first few issues of this title put together as a trade paper back. Very well done getting 50% funding in 24 hours – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shortfusemedia/like-father-like-daughter-collected-edition-tpb?ref=checkout_rewards_page

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