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Johnny Saturn: Synns Of The Father Paperback – May 15, 2008
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About the Author
Scott Story is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist who lives inthe Midwestern USA. He has been involved in the comic industry since1992, and webcomics since 2004. He has drawn comics for dozens ofpublishers including Image, Amp, Arrow, Digital Webbing, Arcana, Spinner Rack Comics, and many others. His current focus is writing newmaterial and marketing the material he has already created orcontributed to.
As the creative director of Story Studios LLC., he has publishedthree graphic novels, seventeen comics, a sketchbook, and a pinup book.He has written articles for Blueline Pro's Sketch Magazine, and prosestories for print anthologies and the web. His webcomic, Johnny Saturn,was a past winner of the Webcomics Readers Choice Awards, and Scott was a speaker at the prestigious Graphic Engagement academic conferencehosted by the Purdue University Comparative Literature Program.
Scott was the creator and a founding member of the highly successfulCollective of Heroes, a juried collective of indie superhero webcomics.
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You'll find plenty to like in this graphic novel! Johnny is the Batman-esque hero everyone loves -- no-nonsense and laser-focused. We're also introduced into a whole universe of superheroes that come in every variety. Many of those heroes don't survive, either, because this story brings a brutal reality to the dangers of being a superhero: Sometimes you're simply not equipped to counter the threat you're trying to stop!
I'm not sure who wrote the story or who did the art in Synns of the Father, but I was impressed with them both. As a fan of truly independent comics, I can tell you this ranks up there with the best. The plot is clear, the dialogue is crisp and the art is compelling.
Some people might offer a few gripes about the art -- "It's not as good as Spider-Man comics" -- or that it rolls through so many genres -- police story, vigilante story, high-powered superhero story, supernatural story, underworld story, slum story. But you know what? That's what makes indy comics great -- freedom to do what you want with what you got! Keep them coming, Scott and Benita!
The first thing that comes to mind when reading Johnny Saturn is an image from Batman: War on Crime by Paul Dini and Alex Ross. The image I mean is one where Bruce Wayne is taking his gear off and we see that his back is covered in scars. This was the ONLY time I remember Batman being depicted in such realism. Sure he gets beat up now and then (as most superheroes do) but there's never any lasting injuries.
THAT is Johnny Saturn. He's a former cop who's been fighting crime as a vigilante for decades and it hasn't been pretty. He's like the extreme athlete that pumps himself with meds just to be able to get his broken body back on the field. Scott & Benita Story hold no punches (pun intended) when writing Saturn. Saying that it's gritty would be an understatement.
The world of Johnny Saturn has other heroes as well, as we see on the first pages, but they all look down on Saturn. They almost consider themselves upper class heroes and to them, Johnny Saturn is simply a double fisted vigilante that's beneath them. However, It's Johnny Saturn who's the heroes of the story, so...
I think these stories are from 2007-2009 (It think. I could be wrong.) back when it was still a webcomic. I got my copy from Drivethru Comics. For the most part, the book was filled with superhero goodness. There was a short afterlife bit that kind of came out of nowhere and wasn't quite my cup of tea, but other than that it was a good romp and I plan to read through the other books as soon as possible.
A former detective with the Spire City Police Department, Johnny has become so much more. With a skill set that rivals many of the iconic comic book vigilantes of our time, Johnny is capable of hammering out punishment to even the most powerful characters within this world. And that is something that is not often seen in main stream comics.
Driven by an innate sense of justice and a passion to bring the criminals to an end, Johnny Saturn is a no-nonsense take-it-straight-to-the-bad guy character. One who has paid for his passion in physical punishment beyond what ordinary men could endure. Despite an addiction to pain killers, Johnny Saturn enters a dose of reality into a world where angels, demons, and meta-humans are no better or worse than the populace at large-and yet capable of so much more.
Johnny Saturn is a fast paced fun ride that has been salted with psychotic and often sociopathic villainy. In this, Johnny Saturn is a unique character capable of feats beyond the human capacity in a world where super powered individuals appear as a commonality.
For me, Johnny Saturn harkens back to the days when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Savage Dragon, and Freak Force could be watched on Saturday mornings – then takes it to a whole new level.
I truly enjoyed the mixture of written prose in addition to sequential storytelling that offered a deeper insight into the characterization contained within this exciting tale. In many ways, it is very much a bountiful marriage of novel and graphic novel into one.
Johnny Saturn: Synns of the Father has become a welcome addition to my library of graphic novels, comics, and literature.
Timothy J. Himes
A Great Super-Hero / Super-Villan Story
4.5 of 5 Stars (rounds to 5)