Posted on: June 6th, 2012 REVIEW: Creator-Owned Heroes #1

COH TriggerGirl Cover 1Without a doubt, you’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about creator-owned rights and contracts regarding certain…popular title spin-offs this week. Okay, we’ve all got our opinions on the subject but I think we all can agree that what the world needs now is love. Sweet love.

No. That’s not right. Creator-owned comics. Sweet creator-owned comics.

So what better than a book that offers not one but *two* creator-owned stories? But wait! There’s more! It also includes a Neil Gaiman interview! And if you order now, you get editorials and informational articles on the process of making comics! Now how much would you pay?! Hopefully $3.99 or above because that’s how much I expect you to dish out.

Creator-Owned Heroes is an open project from a group of friends that just happen to be popular comic book creators. They’d like to share with you some of their stories and their opinions on the industry and life in general I suppose.

In this issue we have “American Muscle” written by Steve Niles and artwork by Kevin Mellon. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world with muscle cars and mutants. Tell me this doesn’t just slap you in the face with awesome.

Triggergirl 6 is done by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art from Phil Noto. Female (in appearance? Who knows.) assassin taking out government officials in the sky. Yes. Sounds great. There are also boobs. Who doesn’t like boobs? I like mine.

I truly enjoyed both stories. I look forward to reading more of both of them. But that’s not what I want to talk about. Because I expected those stories to be great. I also expected the book to end with those stories. And it did not.

The first 27 pages of this book is like going to a grindhouse double feature. Which, I love. Majorly. Two fast paced, no-holds-barred stories and quick previews of other available features. One page mentions of other creator-owned books and you’re on your way to the next story. But then on page 28, we slam on the breaks and enter into a whole new book. The kind with words not in balloons. And minds are promptly blown.

COH American Muscle Cover 1I really like Jimmy Palmiotti. I like his tweets. I like his blog. I like his writings. I like him as a person. So naturally, I enjoyed his short editorial piece on the Creator-Owned Heroes back story. You know who I wasn’t aware that I liked? Justin Gray. That guy writes like a sonovagun. Read his “Scattered Thoughts” article and you’ll see what I mean: intelligent thoughts on the entertainment industry, on audience-perception and creator-owned properties. I want this guy on call to analyze all things in my life. Then writer Steve Bunche gives his input on creator-owned books and why there’s a need for Creator-Owned Heroes. Steve Niles writes about his involvement with the project and a little backstory as to why he wrote “American Muscle”. Bill Tortolini discusses how the design for the cover evolved into what you hold in your hands. Then there’s a profile piece on photographer/writer Seth Kushner, a really lovely interview with Neil Gaiman and an interview with a set of cosplay costume designing/modeling twin sisters.

Guys, this is interesting stuff. It interested me. And I have the attention span of a goldfish. Creator-Owned Heroes is a delicious mash-up of comic book and magazine. So, come on. That voice in the back of your head is always saying you don’t read enough. Read a comic and learn something. And then email these guys and interact with them. They’re incredibly accessible.

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