Filed under: Previews | Tags: Actuality Press, Almighties, Eleonora Kortsarz, Graham Pearce, Mike Gagnon, Pablo Zambrano, Ron Gravelle, Sam Johnson
Actuality Press’ The Almighties #0 debuts with Variant cover parodying controversial DC T-Shirt but it sounds like there’s more to this title than gimmicks.
They had this to say about the title and the idea behind that variant:
You may recall a couple of T-Shirts released recently that caused a bit of a storm; one, aimed at young girls, emblazoned with ‘Training to be Batman’s Wife’; the other, designed for males, featuring an image of Superman and Wonder Woman in an embrace, accompanied by the captions, ‘Score!’ ‘Superman does it again!’ These T’s didn’t go down too well, projecting, as they did, a less than empowering female image.
“DC graciously apologized for the controversial apparel,” says THE ALMIGHTIES’ co-creator/writer, Sam Johnson; “but the Supe’s/Wondey one, in particular, I felt was ripe for parody… so that’s what we’re doing with our variant for The Almighties #0.”
The cover gives the T-Shirt’s image a comedic flip, with The Almighties’ STEFANOS and his friend/hooker, JOEY, in the same pose and dressed in the colors of the Kryptonian-Amazonian couple, but with the captions replaced with, ‘Cha-Ching!’, and ‘Joey Does Him Again.’
Following their Avengers-parodying debut comic, the cover continues the comedic super-heroes’ tongue-in-cheek ribbing of the ‘tights and capes’ genre, but in the aftermath of their first mission, The Almighties have a problem in terms of where they fit in the world of super-heroes… as the team have disbanded.
The solution, however, may be at hand in the unlikely form of Joe Cyborg, a disembodied head attached to a robot body – who holds an undisclosed position at The White House. Mr. Cyborg is looking to amass an off-the-books team of super-heroes – and former team-mates The Almighties have caught his eye…
The Almighties – who went their separate ways after learning their benefactor was actually an insane Neo-Nazi – comprised armored field leader MAXI-TRON, former downtrodden Canadian housewife turned swingin’ super-heroine MS. F, British punk rocker/werewolf NITE FANG, black ops soldier-for-hire MASON… and Greek takeout owner Stefanos.
Joe is not without his reservations over the motley crew, and Stefanos is called in to go over their dossiers with him. “Stef is a guy who acts as a part-time presidential aide, when he’s not needed at his takeout, Doner Fella’s,” Johnson continues; “So with his connection to the team and his (inexplicably) trusted position at The White House, who better for Joe Cyborg to help him review The Almighties’ potential line-up?”
Stefanos is a man in great demand, though – and his skills are sought after in The Almighties #0 not just by Joe, but by President Obama himself – when Stef is called upon to go back in time and save Obama’s top Man in Black – Agent Coleslaw – after Coleslaw gets his face blasted off in battle.
Written by Johnson (Geek-Girl, Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman) & Mike Gagnon (Classic Illustrated, Monkeys & Midgets), illustrated by Eleonora Kortsarz, Graham Pearce, Pablo Zambrano & Ron Gravelle, published by Actuality Press and rated ‘Teen,’ The Almighties #0 is released on November 5th – along with a chance for newcomers to catch up on the team’s debut adventure, when The Almighties #1 gets a new Limited Variant Edition – both available at the Actuality Press website.
I’ll hopefully have a review up of The Almighties soon but it already sounds like it’s a comic which should be fun to pick up…more to follow soon.
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