Wanting to be a superhero is not a daydream belonging only to the youngsters out there. Just because the hair has gone a little gray, and the joints more than a little stiff, doesn’t mean that one has outgrown super-heroic aspirations. People daydream and have fantasies no matter how old they are. So when I found out about Captain Kid, where a middle aged man can transform into a teenage superhero, I was hooked. I had even been thinking of exploring something similar in my own writing, but Mark Waid, and Tom Peyer beat me to it.
It’s a well known fact that I have a crush on Waid as a superhero writer. His work seems to always speak to me in ways that other writers just can’t replicate. That being said, I would be buying this comic no matter who was writing it because the subject matter speaks right to me. Even better for us, everyone on this comic is a seasoned pro delivering work that doesn’t disappoint.
Before I dig into telling you why you should be reading Captain Kid, let me tell you a little something about the publisher, AfterShock. First off, I can’t believe there are still comic fans out there who are unfamiliar with this company. Launched in 2015 by co-founders Mike Marts, Joe Pruett, and Lee Kramer, they came out of the gate with a handful of great comics by big-name creators. So I want you to stop reading this article, and go check them out at aftershockcomics.com, go ahead I’ll wait…
…OK, good, you’re back. After checking out their website I think you have a good idea of the quality and standards this company has set for itself, and has been delivering since they opened their doors for business. Alright, enough gushing over its publisher, and back to Captain Kid.
The art of Wilfredo Torres is great, and well suited for a superhero comic, but what got me was how the creative team serves you the story in this debut issue. It is not your typical origin story, it’s not holding your hand while they talk about who the main character is, or how he got his powers. The story starts, like many great stories do, already in the middle of things, letting you figure things out along the way. Don’t let that frighten you though, it’s not hard to follow, and you understand enough of what’s going on without being hit over the head with explanations.
I applaud the fact that Captain Kid is trying to tell you a story instead of latching onto a demographic to boost sales. I would expect no less from the likes of Waid and Peyer. The fact that I can sympathize with the main character helps too, but it’s obvious that the story comes first here.
I think this twist on a traditional theme in superhero comics is great. If you are a fan of superhero comics, especially if you’re around forty years of age, you’ll find it even more appealing. For me it’s a double dose of one of my favorite writers being a co-creator centering a tale around very relatable subject matter. All I want to know now is who the heck is the retro 80s girl in the story, and who the villain is.