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No Hero by Warren Ellis
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Jul 21, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

I like these new comic books coming out about "the other side" of superheroes - Garth Ennis' "The Boys" is a good example of the popularity of these kinds of stories. In that book "supes" are policed by a CIA type organisation called "The Boys" who are ordinary people (albeit a bit psycho). But how? They are injected with something that gives them incredible strength so they are a match for the supes. It's a very quick scene where the new guy "Huey" gets injected and then takes on the supes. In Warren Ellis' "No Hero" this transition from ordinary person to superhero is looked at more closely.

When the new guy gets recruited to this superhero organisation who help police the world, he is given a pill that will give him incredible powers. What happens next is detailed in superbly horrific and gory detail by the excellent Juan Jose Ryp. It's a wordless nightmare, a 21st version of Hieronymous Bosch or Dante, but in far more horrifying imagery.

What happens next is the dismantling of the superhero organisation, piece by piece, in deliciously psychotic scenes. Great fun to read, even better to see with Ryp's astonishingly detailed art, with an original take on these new anti-superhero comics. Warren Ellis back on form with this great book.
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