Pro­ject Su­per­pow­ers: Black­cross

Golden Rage

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Dy­na­mite En­ter­tain­ment Writer: War­ren El­lis Artist: Colton Wor­ley

Af­ter his

im­pres­sive rein­ven­tion of Moon Knight last year, War­ren El­lis has turned his at­ten­tion to some even more ob­scure he­roes. Branch­ing out from Dy­na­mite’s Pro­ject Su­per­pow­ers se­ries, Black­cross brings to­gether a dis­parate group of Golden Age char­ac­ters that were orig­i­nally pub­lished by de­funct com­pa­nies such as Ne­dor and Fox Comics, but whose rights are now mostly in the public do­main.

With the main pro­tag­o­nists ini­tially un­aware of their true iden­ti­ties, a pass­ing knowl­edge of who they ac­tu­ally are will help to clar­ify the finer nu­ances of what un­folds. Evok­ing the quirky, claus­tro­pho­bic spirit of Way­ward Pines or a less snow- bound Fargo, the story takes place in the town of Black­cross, which is rocked by the ar­rival of a supernatural se­rial killer. Open­ing things with a scene of a naked man set­ting him­self on fire be­fore walk­ing into a lake and dis­ap­pear­ing, El­lis ratch­ets up the ten­sion from the first few pages and never lets up. Cast­ing Lady Satan as a fake psy­chic medium is a mas­ter­stroke, while Rob­bie Ben­ton, aka the Black Terror, is reborn as a phar­ma­cist with a dark past.

With El­lis’s script mesh­ing per­fectly with Colton Wor­ley’s moody art and Mor­gan Hick­man’s som­bre colours, Black­cross makes a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to this sum­mer’s more bom­bas­tic event books. But at only six is­sues long, the down­side is that, like Moon Knight, it will be over far too soon. Stephen Jewell Some of Ne­dor’s early Black Terror sto­ries in the 1940s were writ­ten by Pa­tri­cia High­smith, be­fore she be­came a nov­el­ist.

We’ll stick with Old Spice, thanks.

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