There comes a time when you see a deal online you can’t resist. What is it you say? The Kickstarter for Hotshot Vol. 1 and 2 from Freestyle Komics. I already own the first two single issues. With both physical volumes available, how could I resist? The titular hero, Hotshot, winks at me and says, “Jeremy, you’re the ‘real’ hero because you’re going to make this project a reality.”
That is why this rich comic book goodness is in my possession. Volume 1 expands on the Zero Event whereas the majority of heroes and villains disappear. The book explores the human identity of Hotshot in-depth, from his personal relationships to the origin in which he obtains superpowers. It depicts the difficulty of striking a balance between two distinct lifestyles. This struggle extracts a heavy toll on his mental state and physical well-being.
The arch nemesis of Hotshot, The Void, continues his path of destruction. He snuffs out many innocent lives hunting down Hotshot. Void exudes malice and purpose similar to that of a horror icon, he is just as mysterious as the Zero Event. Is he a man or creature? This book manages to accomplish a great amount of world building in a few pages.
Volume 1 introduces an assortment of new characters. The panels portray a masterful control of foreshadow as well as non-linear narrative. Hotshot is a straight-forward story which boasts a strong understanding of the medium. This entry does not disappoint. I find the realistic approach to the fights refreshing. Come on, no one can have a city-wide brawl through buildings and debris, only to walk away in pristine condition.
I’m a fan of Hotshot and will continue to cover the hero’s journey. Don’t hesitate to check out this book. People want the biggest bang for their buck, well this is a humongous boom. Next, I will cover Volume 2 of A Hero’s Welcome. If you don’t want to miss the next review, subscribe to the mailing list HERE.