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CLA$$WAR #4

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2004
By: Craig Lemon



Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Travel Foreman

Publisher: Com.X

My email to Rob Williams, writer and creator of CLA$$WAR:
"Re: the final page of CLA$$WAR #4. You are an evil, twisted man. How can you be allowed to get away with this in a comic? I'm outraged, sickened, and disgusted. Please sir, can we have some more?"

Brushing aside comments on tardiness, suffice it to say that CLA$$WAR #4 has finally been published. It's here, it's in my hands, it'll be in your local comic shop in a matter of days - Diamond-willing - and there's almost no blip in the transition from Trevor Hairsine to new guy Travel Foreman. Whether Travel spent extra time on this to make it more Hairsine-esque, or whether this is his natural style, it matters not, because the art in this book is as violent as you need, as detailed as you like, and as good as the writing demands. In particular, Travel has a great time with different characters - no stock man/woman template for this guy, every person is different, different stature, different features, different body language ... the frail old Nazi war criminal looks frail, the fat boy scientist, the bat-shirted scientist, the guy who is turned inside out in a horrible parody of Mr Fantastic...very good job done.

And so to the writing and the story - Williams crafts another episode in his tale of Superman rebelling against his overlords...said overlords being the corporations controlling the US. Possibly the only downside in having such a topical storyline is that real world events can overtake your story - this one is very much influenced by US involvement in Grenada and Nicaragua, and so remains rooted in a more US-hands-off-in-public-hands-on-in-secret approach to international events. The plot is rather less involved in detailing the actions of The American (said rebelling Superman) (other than a lovely opening sequence) than in detailing the actions in his fellow superhumans in tracking him down, and filling in some background on how exactly these superhumans came to be - think Captain America after a lot (and I mean, a lot) of trial and error.

In a neat move the bad guys acknowledge that their Plan A might not actually work, so whilst that's progressing and keeping the attention of The American, Plan B moves into full effect, resulting in that email to Rob Williams shown earlier.

It's a bit like Supreme-Power-to-the-MAX, ideal for fans of that book or Rising Stars, or for anyone who demands a little more ... intelligence ... from their superheroes.




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