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Justice League
Gods and Monsters Superman
#1 (2015) DC

DC is rocking the alternate histories of major characters with this series.

First, we have Batman become a killing vampire and now we have Superman as the son of poor migrant workers.

Instead of being found my Jonathan and Martha Kent, Kal-El is discovered by Manuel and Rosa Maria.

Devout Christians, the couple raise Hernan (Clark) to hide his powers and wait for a sign from God to reveal them.

Hernan is a typical teen who rebels against his parents and who rails against the unfairness of the world, especially against the people who break their backs for very little.

Hernan's father believes in the American dream, that one can get ahead in this country if one works hard enough.

Hernan keeps his powers hidden until someone provokes him and causes him to lash out.

This Superman is dark and cynical, a real departure from the popular one.

This isn't just a great Superman comic book, it's a great comic book. Period.

(posted August 3, 2015)

 5 Questions with... 
Writer Mike Lunsford

1) On what project are you currently working?

Ben and I are putting the final touches on issue three of "Ethan Stone: Paranormal Investigator." It focuses on the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

I also run the website
. I’m the editor-in-chief but I also write a great deal of the content along with recording weekly podcasts. I’m a busy guy.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

Well…since I consider my field to be writing, I admire Stephen King the most. I haven’t read a book of his that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. In the more fitting comic book world, I like what Kevin Smith writes, I feel like the dude knows how to make dialogue really pop without it seeming cheesy. Frank Miller does amazing work and so does Alan Moore…he gets a bit weird at times but good artists will push the envelope and find a way to elicit a feeling, even if it’s you feeling uncomfortable. 

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

As a writer, I never really thought of being involved in the comic book industry. I loved reading them as a kid but figured the only way I’d see a comic book of my work was to publish a book first and then have someone ask if they could do a graphic novel. So Ben was in school up in New Jersey at the Joe Kubert School of Comic Book Art and Design and he was having some issues with a story he was working on and asked me for help. We had been friends since high school and I agreed. Our first collaboration was the first issue of Ethan Stone P.I., for the most part. There were a few edits and changes, but it’s basically that same story we started about six years ago.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

Wow…I never really thought of it. I think like any other comic book fan, I would love to work on Superman or Batman. I mean…that’s the big leagues there. Maybe Wonder Woman because I feel like she is under-utilized. You know you made it if you get trusted with those characters. On the flip side, I’ve heard horror stories that being able to do anything that isn’t approved by every possible channel with those big name characters is difficult. For the most part, I like the idea of being independent and having our own characters and making them dynamic on our terms and not someone else who is worried about “legacy.”

5) On what project will you be working next?

Ben and I will continue to work on Ethan Stone P.I. but we both have lots of side projects. Like I mentioned before, I got the podcasts and the website along with working on a new superhero project for the future keeping me busy. Ben has plenty of commission work plus he and his wife had a baby in April so that is keeping him VERY busy.

For more information about Lunsford, go here and here.

(posted August 3, 2015)

Indie Corner

Ethan Stone P.I.

Meet Ethan Stone, paranormal investigator.

His story begins as many gritty, noir stories do, with a dame.

The woman thinks the grizzled, world-weary gumshoe won't take her case because it is too outlandish.

But Stone is a special kind of detective: he dispatches demons from hell.

But he's not alone. He has help from a priest named Seth Murphy who also rids homes of unwanted hellspawn.

There's a lot of action in this series and wisecracks aplenty.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy - you'll be glad you did!

For more about Ethan Stone P.I., go here and here.

(posted August 3, 2015)