I’ve never read anything superhero-related outside of the realm of Marvel or DC, but THIS was pretty awesome. Finally, there’s a superhero comic book where the heroes (not really heroes) can curse and get away with it. There are no boundaries or lines that you can’t cross. If you like superhero stories with some true grit, then this is the story for you. Born out of a Kickstarter campaign comes the sequel to LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, SURVIVING MEGALOPOLIS. Megalopolis is a town where the heroes are homicidal maniacs killing everyone and everything in their path. In the original story, the main characters escape the town only to come back in this sequel, on a mission that leads them into the insanity that is Megalopolis.

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The story centers on our “Anti-Heroes,” who spend most of the issue searching the bottom of the bay of Megalopolis for an old friend of theirs. All the while, they’re being watched from afar by a mysterious figure who has it out for the so-called heroes. The story flashes back and forth between the anti-heroes and a man named Mr. Lamb. It turns out Mr. Lamb lost a friend back in Megalopolis that’s been haunting him for a while now. He is then approached by a man named Mr. Tanner who makes him an offer that he can’t refuse. It’s to save his friend. I don’t want to give away to much so you’ll have to pick up the issue yourself to find out more.

The story flashes back and forth between the anti-heroes and a man named Mr. Lamb. It turns out Mr. Lamb lost a friend back in Megalopolis that’s been haunting him for a while now. He is then approached by a man named Mr. Tanner who makes him an offer that he can’t refuse. It’s to save his friend. I don’t want to give away too much, so you’ll have to pick up the issue yourself to find out more.

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Original creators Gale Simone and J. Calafiore return to deliver stunning visuals and great story telling in this sequel. The characters that these two have come up with are foul-mouthed, funny, and enjoyable. Southern Belle, who is the complete opposite of what she calls herself, is the selfish, mean, and ruthless leader of the group of evil vigilantes. Blacksmith, the brawn of the team, appears to be a gentle giant. Amphibonaut, the cooler knock-off of Aquaman, is a cool-looking space fish. Ribbon is just another elastic superhero like Plastic Man or Mr. Fantastic. Then there’s Overlord. Not much can be said about him because he was unconscious the entire issue. But from what is mentioned, he has some stone type of ability. The characters that Simone and Calafiore have created are funny because they are either spoofs, knock-offs, or the complete opposite of what they appear to be.

This story that Simone has come up with is an interesting turn of events from your average superhero story. What happens when all of the good guys become the bad guys? Who is then there to protect us? What do we do? These are all important questions in the event of super powered beings turning on us. Simone envelops us in a superhero world that’s taken a turn for the worse, and we like that. The art that is portrayed by Calafiore is beautifully illustrated in a style unique to the artist himself. He displays raw emotion and true feeling in each panel throughout this book. He really shows us what it’s like to live in a world ruled by ruthless heroes.

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To anyone who is looking for something different from your average run-of-the-mill superhero story, then I highly recommend this book. Would you like to see more stories like this, where superheroes turn on their citizens? Or do you prefer your heroes fighting bad guys and saving the day? I suggest going back to read LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS and then read this to get the full story. Other than that, tell us what you think in the comments below!

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