A little background: I am all about supporting the independent comic scene. On Friday, I did my best to start a new Twitter trend for Fridays with my #PromoteIndieComicsFriday posts… This did get a bit of attention as my tweet about Creator-Owned Heroes was re-tweeted a few times (thank you folks!). One of these re-tweets was from John Still, creator of Synergy, the comic I have am reviewing for you today… It is funny how things come about - social media can be a wonderful thing. At least it was in this case, as I was able to find out about John, his comic, and his podcast… Now, without further distraction, I give you my review for:
Unit Number 77
A seemingly small town guy, with a small town life, stumbles into a new world - one that will likely prove bigger than he can imagine.
After the untimely and viscous death of his Grandfather, Chase Cassidy has to quickly move through all the stages of grief - straight to acceptance that his Grandfather was leading a double-life. Not a weirdo second family double-life, no. A kick-ass save the world kind of double life…
Now this is the kind of story I can get into. It has the innocence of an old timey super-hero book, with the deception and villainy of modern storytelling. Heck it even has politics, the worst villainy of them all.
Issue #1 is all setup. You get to know the Chase, his family, his friends, the obvious high-school crush, etc. It is pretty standard stuff. You also get to know the “evil”, the antagonists to be - this should prove to be an interesting and fun series. I am looking forward to what the next issues have to offer - because the potential is definitely there!
My hope is that John’s creativity for Synergy’s abilities will meet or exceed our expectations based on the limitless potential baked into this setup. I am also keeping in mind that a super-hero is only as interesting as his enemies - so far, with the level of violence this started out with, things look promising…
Only time will tell.
As a side, I want to recognize, congratulate and commend John and everyone involved in this project for not only getting it produced and available, but for actually following the dream. Too many ideas sit idle, shuffled lower and lower among our other daily tasks, eventually falling out of sight - you did it.
And I am glad you did.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. Now lets hope that every little bit of social media promotion helps to make it a success!
Also, if you want to geek out, be sure to check out his Podcast: Synformers! (already at 48 Episodes!)