Like Father, Like Daughter #3



LikeFather3An infinitely more emotional affair than your average super-hero comic book, Kathryn Calamia’s storyline for Issue Three of “Like Father, Like Daughter” impressively concerns itself with the depressing anxiety a young student can experience when being physically bullied at school, rather than depicting its titular characters’ thwarting yet another diabolically mad villain’s scheme which threatens mankind. For whilst the twenty-page periodical features the most ‘screen time’ Invulnerable and his daughter have so far shared together within this series, it’s highlight is undoubtedly Casey’s ‘heroic intervention’ between her disagreeable boyfriend Jesse and the appallingly battered young Ethan.

Indeed, if any person within this publication’s audience had any doubt as to the feelings of worthless isolation, loneliness, fear and incredible anger being tormented by someone else can cause an individual, then the American author’s superbly-penned scene depicting a tear-stained “poor kid” pulling a pistol on his peers and threatening to shoot himself in the head out of sheer desperation, should certainly put them straight; “Every day you push me. Beat me up for no reason. I tell myself I can handle it, but I can’t anymore. I just want it to stop!” This sequence is tremendously moving, and not only showcases the unacceptable impact upon your health school bullying can have, but also provides Comic Uno’s creation with an opportunity to courageously shine without relying upon the powers she has unintentionally inherited from her dad.

Admittedly, any subsequent scenes following on from such a poignant roller-coaster of a ride are debatably going to feel a little flat, even when they involve “Case” coming “face to face with her father… for the first time in ten years!” Yet the “YouTube personality” still manages to maintain plenty of intrigue as the super-powered pair discover the “second-generation” student’s visions are unique to her, and that Invulnerable has no idea as to how he came to obtain his extraordinary abilities. In fact, Kat’s narrative goes even further to stress that someone out there has been actively ensuring that no digital trace of the costumed crime-fighter’s past exists…

Setting aside this comic’s persuasive penmanship momentarily, this book must also have proved something of a fun-fest for any science fiction fans out there who spotted the plethora of pencilled nods to “Doctor Who”, “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” in its panels. Undeniably a dialogue-driven edition, Artist Wayne A. Brown still provides plenty of dynamic visuals to entertain its audience during these conversational pieces courtesy of some wonderfully drawn facial expressions, but he also manages to include a plethora of starships, X-Wings and time-travelling machines into his backgrounds from time to time too.

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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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