From Aspen Comics, David Schwartz, Micah Gunnell, David Curiel, Josh Reed.
Many times in human history, similar things are taking place at the same time without knowledge between the parties. This is how we get two volcano movies at the same time. Or how the first flight may have taken place in New Zealand around the same time as the Wright Brothers. Or this new golden age of super hero comics. Comics that take the familiar and then twist and shake that familiar to see it from new angles. Idolized will join those ranks.
Idolized is the story of Joule. Joule lives in a super hero world. Heroes and villains and teams galore. In this world a new TV show is created, Superhero Idol, and the winner gets to join the world’s foremost super team. Joule wants to be on this show desperately. Kudos to the writer and artist who must have watched hours upon hours of American Idol to get this perfect “feel” to a fictional show. Yes, if this existed in our real world it would look like this. The asshole host, the weepy woman, and the Hollywood attitudes. This alone would make a fascinating comic, but we’re not done yet.
We get Joule’s origin. It is upsetting and tragic and one of the more upsetting things you will ever read in comics. It shouldn’t be. This scene should carry no reaction. Because we should all be desensitized to it by now. Scenes like this should always take place in every single comic book. Every comic with a battle should show how it effects the common people caught in the middle. I was talking to my friend Grace earlier in the year and we debated why anyone would live in a big city populated by super heroes. By showing these battles from the common street level, Idolized takes us into that world in ways rarely if ever seen.
Oh but we’re still not done. Just because Joule wants to go up against bad guys does not necessarily make her a hero. She is driven like Batman, but without the resources. She has the tragic story of Peter Parker, but without an Uncle Ben or Aunt May. This makes her so much more sympathetic and real. It is rare that anyone in the current world has a mentor of high morals. There is a goal, a very distinct not black and white goal to be reached. If Joule ends up doing good along the way, so be it.
Like any good reality competition show, Joule is an influence. I’m wishing for a comic book writing idol contest because this issue is so fantastic its inspiring me to get my own super hero twists and takes onto paper.
Its a damn shame Aspen doesn’t have the license to those changing robots because this company is more than meets the eye. Sure there’s a pretty girl drawing on the cover. But there is one of my favorite first issues on the inside. This title needs your attention, your love, your sharing to every fan you know of comic books and reality shows.
I’m going to leave you all now so I can read this again. Someone go up to David and Micah and the rest of the crew and give them all a high five for me.