If you’ve been longing for a story in which the hero is a power tool then, boy, do I have a comic for you.
Created by DC Entertainment and Craftsman, Craftsman Bolt-On System Saves the Justice League — yes, that is the title — introduces the world to The Technician, a square-jawed fix-it man tasked with keeping the Hall of Justice in working order. Everything from Wonder Woman’s invisible jet to the Batmobile to the security system at the Justice League headquarters are maintained with a squeeze of the trigger on the cordless drill/driver. (Never mind that a team that boasts Cyborg, Batman and The Flash could probably handle all of that itself).
However, The Technician isn’t merely a repairman. No, he’s the overalls-wearing, 5 o’clock shadow-sporting champion who — with the aid of the attachable hammer drill, impact driver and other what’s-its — takes down The Key and … well, I don’t want to spoil it for you. But The Technician is all that and modest, too, admitting, “It was my Craftsman Bolt-On Tool System that saved the day. Couldn’t have done it without this!” So, really, The Technician is more like the Craftsman Bolt-On Tool System’s sidekick.
The custom comic, written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Christian Duce, will be available for free Oct. 11-14 at the DC Comics booth at New York Comic Con, where, according to Forbes, there will be “a live-action project build of The Technician’s headquarters using the Bolt-On tool.” Fan will also be encouraged to upload their own ideas for The Technician’s next adventure.
If you can’t make it to NYCC, or simply can’t wait that long, you’ll be able to download a digital version of Craftsman Bolt-On System Save the Justice League from the Craftsman website beginning Oct. 1.
But Craftsman doesn’t want to stop with comics; the company thinks The Technician has a bright future. “We see lots of potential with The Technician,” said Michael Castleman, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard. “We want to engage the reaction of the community first to see if they respond to it, but there are multiple paths we can go down. The key for us is to engage, educate, and obviously sell products. We’re very open to other formats, including video games.”
Check out some pages from The Technician’s first adventure below.