Tomorrow, March 28th, 2014, C.O.W.L. #1 by IMAGE Comics is released. Will it be the next great comic book? Well that is up to Writers Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel and Artist Rod Reis; but if there was a Vegas for comics – I would put a large amount of money on this title. I have been anticipating this title for months now and I will finally have it in my hands tomorrow.
C.O.W.L. stands for ‘Chicago Organized Workers League”. Yep – it a super hero UNION! I love this idea for a comic book series. I guess I never really thought about how an injured superhero with no money gets medical treatment. Or if they are being a hero full time, how do they make any money to eat, lodge, and just live? This comic book is set in the 1960’s in the great American city of Chicago.
Here is an except from an interview with Alec Siegel from CBR: “On the “membership benefits” front, “C.O.W.L.” serves the city as its primary — when it relates to powers and costumed threats — police force. They have a contract with Chicago, and the union is composed of different divisions including patrols, investigations and tactical. The division of labor turns being a superhero into something a bit more quantifiable, essentially a nine to five job and all the ins and outs that go with that.”
Now I don’t know about you but this comic book has me pumped up. It has a WATCHMEN vibe about it no doubt and feels as down to Earth as you can be with a super hero comic. Who will the villains be? Here is another quote from the interview: “We’ll meet Skylancer in Issue #1. He’s an ex-KGB agent turned mercenary who pulls jobs with a jetpack and photon cannon. He’s actually the last of the “great villains.” His takedown — assuming C.O.W.L. does take him down — serves as the end of an era. With the big, flashy threats gone and leadership in the city starting to change, not to mention the motivations of certain C.O.W.L. members becoming more and more self-serving, a lot of people start to question whether the union is still necessary.”
Pick up this book tomorrow. Support creator owned books. If this becomes the next great comic, just remember I told you so! And check back with me later this week @ http://www.YouTube.com/RealNerdSwag as I will be reviewing this comic in this weeks episode of the Staple Stash! Happy reading bub!
– Stephen Savelli | @SavelliNerdSwag