Having really enjoyed Miguel Guerra’s Alric the Wild and Samurai Elf, I was excited to get my hands on his latest work, Super Corporate Heroes. In the book, Guerra and co-creator/artist Suzy Dias offer an interesting take on the superhero genre that is as humorous as it is disturbing.
Super Corporate Heroes features a world where being rescued by a hero isn’t a right, it’s a privilege--a costly privilege. Average joes who find themselves in need of rescuing have to sign contracts and purchase rescue subscription plans before being saved from a burning building, or rescued from a bank robbery. If you can’t pay or your subscription is up--you’re out of luck.
While the book could have been just a metaphor for the health insurance crisis, Dias and Guerra have crafted a more complex story with Super Corporate Heroes. For example, one of the reasons the heroes are incorporated is because many of them were sued in the past by people they rescued trying to make money off of minor injuries incurred while their lives were being saved. Imagine if a firefighter was sued because someone broke their ankle while being rescued from a fire-ridden building that they would have died in?
The creators also do a nice job of showing that it’s not all the heroes are in love with their current situation. Some of them are clearly trying to make a buck, while others struggle with the idea of being company men, as they have to adhere to guidelines that sometimes get in the way of saving people.
Suzy Dias perfectly capture the superhero vibe with the character designs in this book. You can tell who each character was inspired by, but there are some nice twists, and one hilarious take on a super power everyone is familiar with.
All in all Super Corporate Heroes #1 is a fun read and a series that has a lot of potential.
4 out of 5 Unfortunate Powers