Thursday, March 26, 2009

Super-Powered Comics: Take a Chance #1 and 2

I’m going to tell you right now. I am woefully behind on most of my reading. A new baby in the household means a lot of feeding, which makes it easy to sit in front of a TV or computer screen, but not so easy to read a book or comic. But I am working to catch up on some of my reading, and we will start out with an interesting combination of both.

A superhero book from a science fiction author featuring her own original character? Not something you see every day in comics, especially as an independent title. But that is just what Dabel Brothers Publishing gave us with C.E. Murphy’s Take a Chance.

C.E. Murphy is the writer of several paranormal romance novels. Like fellow DBP author Patricia Briggs, she is one of the fastest rising stars in fiction. Unlike Ms. Briggs, her creation for DBP is wholly original.

Take a Chance stars a lawyer turned masked vigilante. Chance is an unpowered hero in a world filled with numerous super-powers. A virus similar to that in Wild Cards killed a third of the population and left another third super-powered. But those super-heroes rarely have the people’s best interest at heart, instead using their abilities for profit and gain.

On the other hand, Chance is looking for vengeance. A respected lawyer by day, at night she puts on her mask and costume to fight crime. Her vigilante tendencies date back a few years to the death of her young son at a criminal’s hands. This causes her to enter situations way over her human head, all with parallels to Marv Wolfman’s Vigilante (Adrian Chase).

The universe (so far) is only poorly defined, but with no other supers really having proved important to the story, I cannot really judge it based on that. Chance’s life in and out of costume is well defined, especially as she embarks on her first relationship since the death of her son. The series is only half complete as I write this, so expect more about it in the coming days.

The $3.99 price tag is a little hefty, but Take a Chance comes Recommended.

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