Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em

The superhero fight is something of a delicate dance. When done properly, it forwards the story, builds drama and creates a boiling point of excitement within a book. When done wrong though, it’s tired, predictable and boring. What I find most interesting is how much people manage to say during superhero fights. I mean honestly, they often spit out full paragraphs within the span of one punch!

The X-Men seem to be most often guilty of this, discussing important matters while in the midst of battle. I can remember specifically one splash page in Jim Lee & Chris Claremont’s X-Men #1 in which Magneto talks FOREVER, using up about a dozen word ballons. My tip of the hat to the letterer on that one.

But, much like fighting in Hockey (shut up, I’m Canadian) I do hope the superhero battles are here to stay. Just maybe a little less of the talky-talk?

While Sohmer gets used to his new normal, we dip into our Guest Page reserve and get today’s page from Jim Hardison:

Jim Hardison is the writer of the graphic novel “The Helm”. He has worked as a film editor, producer, animator and director and is currently the Creative Director of Character LLC. While working at Character he has given story advice to many of the world’s largest brands including Discovery Networks, Verizon, Cheetos, Target, Cap’n Crunch, Samsung and Amazon. He has appeared on NBC’s “The Apprentice” as an expert advisor on brand characters, did character development work and wrote the pilot episode of the PBS children’s television series “SeeMore’s Playhouse” and co-wrote the television special “Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy” with actor Paul Reiser. His comic The Helm was named one of 2010’s top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA, a branch of the American Library Association. You can check out the Helm website at

With art by the talented Salgood Sam:

Salgood Sam was born Max Douglas. He started making comics in high school was first published at the tail end of the B&W boom in the late 80s, worked for a few years in the 90s at Marvel, and has moved between independent and superhero comics for more than 20 years now. He also founded Sequential, a comics blog dedicated to spotlighting Canadian talent. His last Graphic Novel was Therefore Repent! with Jim Monroe, a post apocalyptic minor bestseller about after the rapture. You can find his work in Ghostbusters: Tainted Love. The award winning Comic Book Tattoo & Popgun 4. Awesome 2: Awesomer, and the slipcase edition of Sea of Red. His next book will be Dream Life: a late coming of age, and he recently started self publishing a quarterly comics series called Revolver as a home for his future works. Including Dracula Son of the Dragon with collaborator Mark Sable, for which they just completed a successful kickstarter to fund production, and pay for backers exclusive collected editions.

Have a great weekend, friends! See you back here Monday!


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