It’s not rocket science to understand that superhero comics – especially from the likes of Marvel – take time to produce. From conception and drafting through to final production and publication, a timescale of about a year would probably not be unusual. Given that, I was struck by Marvel’s latest Hawkeye imprint, “Occupy Avengers”, and how close the storyline is when compared to the news reports about Standing Rock. In fact, it’s so close that I shan’t even explain the plot but instead ask you to go and look it all up. It’s a corker.

It’s not often that I’m completely struck dumb by a comic, but I was by this one. The artwork is excellent and the story is really very, very good. There are some wonderful quotable lines and I, for one, would be delighted to see Jeremy Renner lead a movie version – with the proviso that they do not change the story ONE BIT.

Good comics, like good science fiction, invite the reader to ask difficult questions about the status quo. Underneath the bug eyed monsters and mutated caped crusaders (sorry) the story itself should hold a mirror up to society and ask what, if anything, is lacking and what, if anything, should be done about it. This is a very good comic and asks who will protect the land, the environment, the water supply, if governments and corporations cannot be relied upon to do so?

Do, please, look this comic up, it’s really worth the effort. I can’t wait for the next issue and I must thank Graham Beadle of Grinning Demon Comics for recommending it to me. He wasn’t wrong when he said it was a belter.


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