Superheroes are traditionally do-gooders, and although they often battle over-the-top villains, they sometimes encounter real-world problems, just like the rest of us. With this in mind, Marvel Custom Creations has partnered with pharmaceutical giant Takeda on “The Unbeatables” a superhero story that chronicles the every-day struggles of people with inflammatory bowel disease.
The premiere issue was scripted by Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza with Buddy Scalera, and features art by GL Giles and Fernando Biancio, colors by Chris Sotomayor, and a cover by Kirbi Fagan, who suffers from IBD and and was ‘'thrilled' to be part of the project.”
The title made its debut at MCM London Comic Con, as part of the IBD Unmasked panel, an event designed to highlight the plight of sufferers of the disease. Panelist Set Tucknott, who suffers from ulcerative colitis — a form of the disease — and who served as a consultant on the project had this to say about his journey: "When I was first diagnosed I thought it was over, but then as I started a website and spoke about IBD I realised it gave me opportunities - like this and helping on the comic - that I wouldn't have had."
“IDB Unmasked" follows the adventures of Switchback, Datawave, Rubblerouser, Luminaria, and Samarium, an international team comprising five members, modeled on real-world sufferers of the disease, including Tucknott himself.
You can read the first issue, as well as support material, and character origin stories, by following the links at ibdunmasked.com