“Right now, it feels as if Keith Giffen has been secretly replaced with a talented android writer that never sleeps. How else could he be in the midst of Marvel’s Annihilation, DC’s 52 and writing three or four books for Boom! Studios?
“Granted, in this case he’s co-writing or mindmelding with long-time collaborator J.M. DeMatteis, himself no slouch in the constantly working department. Together, they make a formidable opponent – the Master Blaster of Comicdom.“Â
“Joe Abraham has a style that carefully walks the fine line between standard superhero fare and a simpler cartoonishness. He handles the close-ups and “takes” that Giffen and DeMatteis developed as a hallmark of their style with Kevin Maguire without copying Maguire. That’s a pretty good skill.
“Should you need action, that’s here, too. But really, Hero Squared should be picked up because it handles superheroes in a way that really calls attention to their humanity, while letting us laugh at it. And wince, because it’s not afraid to deal with the consequences of its plot.”
“Chamberlain’s dark and sensual art provides the perfect backdrop for the story, and Giffen is really at his best here. Mitch and his girlfriend feel like real people, and you can’t help but get completely sucked into their story.
“Ross Richie, head honcho of Boom Studios, seems to have things backwards when it comes to running a comics publisher. Instead of flooding the market with ill thought-out concepts centered on a universe, he’s insisted upon slow expansion, individual ideas, and solid scheduling. Doesn’t he know that’s not the road to bankruptcy? What’s he trying to do? Stay in business and make a profit?”
“[Hero Squared] has been part of Boom! Studios’ roster of extremely successful miniseries Ã¢â‚¬â€œ until now. This Wednesday, fans of Valor and Milo will be delighted by the release of the first issue of the ongoing Hero Squared series.“Joe Abraham was born to draw this book. His style is crisp, sharp, and effortlessly walks the imaginary line between Captain Valor’s staunch, prissy appearance and Milo’s sloppy look. I also really like the way he draws women. Stephie and Caliginous are sexy and curvy and while well-endowed, they are (thank you, Jesus) neither bone thin or overly buxom.
“I am extremely excited for Hero Squared; it has superheroes, sexy supervillians, witty banter, and a disastrous love triangle Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or should I say, love square Ã¢â‚¬â€œ what more could one possibly ask for?…”Â almost anyone can pick this book up and enjoy it; I know I did.”
From the mini-series, the entire first issue is up in its entirety HERE.