HENC   (AiT/Planet Lar, 2004)

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Did you ever wonder how super–villains obtain the henchmen they need to carry out their latest get rich scheme, or take over the world? Adam Beechen and Manny Bello offer a theory in this very absorbing graphic novel that details the career of Mike Fulton, a man of modest dreams and poor judgment.

Mike was on track to be a football star. He liked the unambiguous nature of sports where his duty was clearly outlined and the objective was simple: hit somebody. But his career was cut short by a knee injury that took him out of football. He missed the rush of adrenaline that came with the big game and working 9–to–5 offered no satisfaction. A friend supplied a solution: “henching” for a super–villain offered substantial rewards for significant risks and there would be no shortage of excitement. Tempted by economic factors and the craving for thrills, Mike succumbs to the world of henchmen.

Fulton attempts to hold himself apart from the people he works for, preferring to just follow orders and collect his cut. And along the way he has some victories, but more often than not he is thrown a loss when periodic jail time costs him his family. With nothing left to lose, Mike signs on for more and more dangerous jobs helmed by increasingly psychotic villains until he finds himself in a standoff against a hero who has an uncompromising view of justice.

This is a tale of a man trying to convince himself that a job is just a job and the consequences are no different than selling your soul to the corporate world.

— George Haberberger

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 Adam BeechenManny Bello