Black Summer

 BK5P   (Avatar, 2007-2008)

™ and © 2007 Warren Ellis

Super-heroes generally take it upon themselves to fight for justice and oppose evil. Normally that is not a difficult distinction. But what should they do when the perceived evil is not so universally accepted or their definition of evil is a bit more broad than the rest of society? That is the theme of this Warren Ellis’ (The Authority) seven-issue series.

The Seven Guns was a group of scientists/inventors that used cybernetic enhancements to become super-heroes. For the most part, they were accepted and embraced by the public for their selfless acts. But then rogue cops killed their co-designer and mentor, Frank Blacksmith, and later a bomb killed Laura Torch, and also took the leg of Tom Noir. After those devastating incidents the remainder of the Seven Guns retired to obscurity. All except John Horus. Horus maintained his public persona, conferring with and advising the president—up until the day he decided the administration’s crimes were no less reprehensible than those of ordinary criminals. Horus killed the president along with the vice-president, several advisors and secret service agents. Now rest of the Seven Guns are public enemies and quiet retirement is no longer an option.

Ellis’ hard-edged narrative speaks to the dichotomy of enforcing some laws and not others and is amply supported by the intricate art of Juan Jose Ryp.

— George Haberberger

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Signed Box Set; Includes Alpha Editon, signed poster by Warren Ellis, Alpha Regular and Wraparound; #0 Regular, wrap and design sketch covers; #1-7 Regular, wrap, auxiliary and design sketch covers; #7 zombies and End of an Era covers; ca. 2016