Narrated by former sidekick ("The Daring Disciple") Dennis McNulty,
The Life and Times of Savior 28 is a meditation on superheroics,
violence, and self-discovery by author J.M. DeMatteis and artist Mike
The titular hero, Savior 28, has been in the game for a very long time.
Nearly seven decades of adventure have made him world-famous, mostly
for his battles with the monstrous Savior 13 (the only other subject
to survive the process that gave them both superpowers), but what does
it mean? His life is nothing more than a suitcase in an empty room, his
career nothing but one meaningless slugfest after another. In all those
years, he hasn't made the world a better or safer place-- and he's
finally started to realize it.
Problem is, there are some who like Savior 28 just the way he was, and
they aren't shy about making their desires known.
As narrated by McNulty, Savior 28 is like something from a dark version
of comics' Silver Age-- an era where superheroes solved problems neatly
with their fists but never had to work through the consequences. Savior 28
doesn't get off the hook that easily, though, as McNulty dissects the hero's
path to where he is when the book opens. McNulty is not especially judgmental
regarding his former partner, but he doesn't shy away from acknowledging
how Savior 28 hasn't truly grown with the times; he's the same guy he was
70 years ago. But now he wants to try something new.
Where matters end in the first issue will surely surprise a number of readers,
but it's the kickoff to what promises to be a fascinating journey, as well
as a sophisticated take on what superheroes are really all about--from a
guy who's a master at writing them. DeMatteis delivers a powerhouse first
issue, constructing the world of Savior 28 in short, precise strokes, with
tremendous support from Cavallero, whose style is well-matched to the
Published by IDW, the series debuts later this year. Be on the lookout,
as this could become a surprise hit.