After a mysterious disaster, a young man named Eric finds that he has just as mysteriously developed extraordinary abilities. He starts out trying to help people, but his solitary position in the world isolates him in ways no average human could understand. This story charts the arc of the evolution of Eric from man to...well, who knows what, as seen through the eyes of his family and his best friend, Sam.
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Critically acclaimed author John Arcudi got his start working on a number of comic books based on films, including RoboCop, Terminator, Predator, Alien, and The Thing. Arcudi also contributed as writer for Batman: Black & White Vol. 1 and Batman: Black & White Vol. 4.
After being a member of the Den Blå Bil-studios in the mid-eighties, Peter Snejberg started working for several publications, and made the epic science-fiction fantasy Hypernauten. He collaborated with Hendrik Rehr on Kurt Olsons Tidning (Kurt Olsson's Newspaper) for several hundred pages. After making Den Skjulte Protokol (The Hidden Protocol) he started to work for the American market with the horror comic Lords of Misrule. He is best known for his work on Vertigo's gothic horror title The Books of Magic and his contributions to Terry LaBan's The Dreaming and DC's Starman. Although most of his comics are published in the U.S., Snejbjerg draws his stories at the Gimle Studios in Copenhagen.
The idea of superpowered humans in the "real world" has become one of the more popular recent tropes in comics, a trend inevitably met with diminishing returns. Arcudi and Snejbjerg's harrowing, occasionally gory take asks a familiar question: what if one single person was suddenly possessed of superhuman power? Yet their answer largely eschews feats of heroism in favor of an extended dark night of the soul. When nice-guy everyman Eric emerges from a mysterious explosion with the familiar flight/strength/invulnerability package, he starts out pulling babies from burning buildings, foiling robberies, etc., but his sudden fame and near omnipotence quickly alienate him from the people he loves and, eventually, humanity as a whole. Seen through the eyes of his best friend Sam, Eric's unexpected transformation from quasisuperman to psychopathic mass murderer comes across as deeply tragic rather than merely sensational. Snejbjerg's art is ideally suited to this jarring transition, as he remains focused on characterization whether a panel calls for cartoony bonhomie or bloodcurdling mayhem. This focus on the characters' essential humanity and sense of loss elevates Arcudi's script above the usual "postmodern deconstruction of the superhero mythos," proving that there are still some new stories out there after all.
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