Super Human Resources #1-4 Review

Super Human Resources #1, from writer Ken Marcus and artist Justin Bleep is coming out soon, and they sent me previews of the first four issues, and it really is a delightfully funny comic book.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is a remarkable piece of work by Marcus, as he really shows an effortless mixture of amusing dialogue and character-based humor all while advancing the plot in a logical fashion that has a real pay-off at the end of the four-issue mini-series.

The plot behind the series is that a young would-be-accountant named Tim gets a temp job at Super Crises International, the company that bankrolls a bunch of superheroes (paying off damages from superhero fights and hopefully recouping the money from licensing fees). I doubt that the name of the company is unintentional, as if you liked the comedic stylings of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis' similarly-named Justice League International, then this is the comic for you, as that particular brand of humor is almost exactly the style that Marcus goes for in this series, and remarkably for such a new work, pretty much achieves.

I have some concerns with the artwork, however.

I do not dislike Justin Bleep's unique art style, and I don't think it ever exactly HURTS the story, but nor do I feel that Marcus' dialogue-driven, humanistic humor is particular served by an artist who eschews conventional takes on anatomy and figure drawing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a Humberto Ramos-style art style, but I do not think it particularly blends with the style of story Marcus is attempting here. I think a "plainer" artist would fit the property better. That said, Bleep's design sense is impeccable, and I imagine he designed a great deal of the characters who populate the comic, so in that regard, he does a great job.

You can judge for yourself how the style matches the format of the comic. Here are nine preview pages that the guys have made available on their ComicSpace page.

In just these sample pages, you already get a feel for the offbeat humor Marcus provides, as well as the nifty dialogue and comedic timing (as seen in the scene with the Bog). My personal favorite bit is where the robot makes himself NEARLY invisible so as to avoid paying the money he owes, but, well, nearly invisible is not nearly invisible enough! Classic.

It's also impressive how quickly Marcus establishes personalities for these characters, which is useful when he can then later play against the type he established himself.

As a whole, the series is really a fun read filled with engaging personalities and a lot of interesting comedic plotlines, and not nearly as many as you would think are the standard "making fun of superhero conventions" types.

At the heart of this comic, the humor comes from the offbeat personalities that Marcus establishes - it just so happens that at least half of the personalities are superheroes.


If you're interested, let your local comic shop know about the comic! It was solicited in the December Previews!

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