Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Life And Times Of Savior 28


There were comic books that have started carving a new type of super hero comics: it was back in the 80s and we called them "mature comics" or "realistic superheroes". Alan Moore's Watchmen was perhaps the highest peak of the genre. Today the type of story told typically on superheroes stories vary drastically from the fast action,  decent art no brains to the high art of guys like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis and perhaps the most optimistic of them, J.M. DeMatteis. 

Unlike Watchmen that put a great effort to conjure an universe where super heroes had to have an explanation and around them the whole reality would change, "The Lifes And Times Of Savior 28"  by J.M. DeMatteis and artist Mike Cavallaro affirm that reality would not change a bit.

While Watchmen can be seen as a realistic critic of the human race, "The Life And Times Of Savior 28" is a portrait of a superhero that perhaps you and I would become. Unlike Dr Manhattan, Savior or Jimmy did not distance him self from the human race, he did not turn into something else.

This is a  story of a man that was turned into a superhero and his good and bad choices, anguishes, fears, mistakes and joys.  There was always something something of naive on Captain America, yet, this is what makes him the decent hero he is, that is something DeMatteis explores with a critical eye on Savior.

We know DeMatteis, he likes to craft characters that we will end relating to, and his text is pure poetry. But at this time it is a punch in the face. The art of Cavallaro exceeds the concept of brilliant, it is intense and fantastic. Perfect.

Highly and absolutely recommended.

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