A review of Alt★Hero #2

Bounding Into Comics reviews Alt★Hero #2: Rebel’s Cell. An excerpt:

Alt-Hero continues to lay the ground work for what is shaping up to be a compelling and interesting universe. There is an obvious political and social slant here, but it isn’t heavy-handed and I am thankful for that, even if I happen to agree with it. The heroes, specifically Hammer and Rebel, are two very exciting characters and I can’t wait to see more of them and witness how their story arcs play out. I would have liked to see some of the results from the first issue, but this one was entertaining enough in its own right to tide me over until that happens.

Read the whole thing there. The rating was another 8.5, which is great, although I feel a little as if the previous 8.5 was on the generous side, while this one was perhaps a bit stingy. Either way, the important thing is that we are maintaining a high level of quality in the eyes of the readers.

The non-readers, not so much. S. Schwartz provides what looks very much like the first fake review on Amazon:

Cliches put in a blender with a strong shot of politics

This reads like a teenage Frank Miller fanboy who didn’t think Frank was tough enough wrote it; or a teenage Chris Claremont fanboy who couldn’t come up with their own heroes so resorted to filing off all the serial numbers. The art is mediocre at best, and it comes with a huge dose of politics; if you don’t agree with the writer’s particular alt-right viewpoint, it will seem at best ridiculous, at worst offensive. I suppose if you care more about politics than quality, this comic will give you the shot of self-righteousness you’re seeking. If you want sub-par Frank Miller, read bad Frank Miller — this will be much, much worse.

I wonder from where he derived the teenage theme. Both the language and the concepts are above-average for comics, particularly these days. As for the derivative theme, I don’t even know who Chris Claremont is, nor have I ever actually read a Frank Miller comic book, to the best of of my recollection. But it’s interesting that he is comparing my work to Frank Miller’s, however unfavorably.