Saturday, October 16, 2021

Acer Bloodgood:

The super-heroes have been sucked intoa vortex and so their junior partners take over in Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule! Then, even super-heroes have to struggle with the downsides of love in the cross-genre spoof, Love and Capes.



Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule!

This volume from writer/artist John Gallagher has the spoofy Captain Ultra and his Power Coalition getting sucked into an energy vortex, but not before leaving Ultra’s sidekick Buzzboy with the cryptic message to “take off your mask.” Mix that with some unexplained amnesia, and it’s not clear to anyone what the heck is going on.

Buzzboy and the Teen Extreme chow down on cheeseburgers and milkshakes and mix it up with a Batman parody named Captain Bluehen, the Downbeat Detective from Delaware.

Also included: three pages of advice about how to be a comic book artist and a preview of Roboy Red, a graphic novel project about a robot super-hero refugee.







Love and Capes

This colorful cartoon romance toys with the familiar Superman/Lois Lane romantic paradigm by imagining what happens when the male super-hero lead comes out to his girlfriend.

Creator Thomas F. Zahler generates comic spark by exploring the inequalities inhering in any relationship where one half the pair is an invulnerable superman, and the understandable jealousies any ordinary woman would feel dating someone who’s romantic past includes bodacious female she-warriors.

Will the barrel-chested, caped Crusader and the perky, blond Abby find a way to make it work? Maybe true love will show the way.








Acer Bloodgood is the pen name of a longtime ComicBase writer acquired from a family of maple trees. There is some worry that this sobriquet is “too goth-weenie.” For the record, Acer grew up in California’s suburban sprawl and now lives in San Francisco where he whiles the nights away in dingy dive bars. He drinks whisky with seltzer and lemon.

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