Après l’exploration d’une société totalitaire en devenir dans Evil Empire, le scénariste (et ancien leader du groupe Say Anything) Max Bemis s’attaque à l’entité paternelle dans la série Oh, Killstrike fortement influencée par ses lectures des 90’s.
Illustrée par Logan Faerber, l’histoire suit Jared, un père plus intéressé par les forums sur l’univers des comics que par ses propres enfants. Tout change lorsque le héros de sa jeunesse, le violent justicier Killstrike, débarque sur son pas-de-porte et le force à prendre ses responsabilités envers sa famille.
Le premier numéro sort le 20 mai prochain.
[quote]The character was his favorite when he was like, 10, and now he’s a complete joke to him, which tends to be a lot of Millennials’ experience with the '90s anti-hero comics. It’s become a common blog joke. It’s the most common thing to slander the comic fan of the '90s, early Image comics, the things that Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld and all those people were doing. At this point, he’s such an elitist comic jerk that he actually hates the fact that this character has come to life because it represents everything he’s embarrassed of in his past. Basically, he has to shepherd around this huge, hulking behemoth of a character who’s a complete embarrassment, and be able to live with himself. He has to develop a relationship with him while he’s on this quest. The real journey of the book is Jared’s quest to find his absentee father. Killstrike is kind of his guide and it turns into this farcical buddy comedy that’s quite dark.
It all goes back to me becoming a father. I had to examine my relationship with my parents, my relationship with my self, my wife and everyone in order to be the best person possible. Thankfully, I’m the type of dude who’s been in therapy for my whole life, so there was a period of intense self-loathing – and then I pulled myself out of it because I have an amazing family and friends. My wife is amazing, my daughter is amazing, but I could see if I was a little pushed in any particular direction [that it would fall apart].[/quote]