Clint is 100 pages of comic, much like DC comics old 100 page super spectacular, if it was aimed at adults and I don’t mean pornographic. These are stories where the character talk and relate to their world in a realist style.
The magazine has five different serialized stories.
Supercrooks starts with an interview that helps set everything up for the serial
The series starts off with the Gladiator is a typical patroictic American Super Hero who works with the police to bring in the bad guys. It shows the hard luck life of a group of super powered criminals who deside to leave all the American Super Heroes behind and go to Spain for their crime spree.
Like Supercrooks, Rex Royd starts out with an interview that sets up the serial.
Rex is created to deal with alien superhero Proteoman. In most other realities, Proteoman goes nuts with power and destroys or enslaves Earth. Rex lives in an intersting reality filled with sex, violence and questioning man’s right to exist.
Lenores adventure with a pork chop is much fun as anyone can have with a piece of talking meat. If you never read Lenore, this is a good introduction. It’s a cute short story, and very quirky.
The Secret Service
Writer MARK MILLAR
Art DAVE GIBBONS
Color ANGUS McKIE
Letters DAVE GIBBONS
Is a story about the Secret Service that begins with a very funny James Bond style escape that doesn’t quite workout. The Dave Gibbons art is worth the price of the entire magazine.
Death Sentence is the unexpected gem of the magazine. Death Sentence exists in a world where the killer STD, G+, give you 6 months to live but instead of 6 months of pain and misery, it’s six months with superpowers. However it’s not necessary the powers you were hoping for. The series isn’t set in a super hero universe. It is set in a world very much like our own. And the carriers of the virus have to deal with the virus, their powers and eventual death in much the same way you or I would.
Death Sentence deconstructs the super hero mythology and shines a harsh light of our current celebrity culture on it. At the same time Death Sentence demonstrates what governments would do with people they can’t control.
We follow to three twenty-something characters who were trying to find their place in the world when they were given their “Death Sentence”.
Verity Fleet is a young lady who hates her job, and quits with a monologue everyone wishes they could give to a boss they hate. But what will she do to survive for the next six months? What happens when her powers become explosive?
Monty a comedian uses his power to build his celebrity, and advance he personal desires.
Daniel Weissel is a musician who hopes the virus give him musical ability. He finds out the hard way he has the ability to become intangible but he sill lacks the musical ability.
It’s a gritty and compelling story with enough realism to satisfy mature readers, while presenting the fantasy/science fiction elements in a way that advances the story without making it cliché.
You get the best of Marvel’s Icon imprint with some really impressive features found nowhere else. It’s 100 pages of hard hitting comics that are clearly for mature readers in the best possible way. They are gritty and hard hitting stories that should make an serious comic collecter happy.