Many superhero comics have been built around the Batman/Superman dynamic. But the upcoming Alter Ego graphic novel takes a different approach. This story asks, “What if Batman and Superman were the same person?”.
Written by Nate Cosby (Cowboy) and drawn by Jacob Edgar (James Bond), Alter Ego is a period superhero story set during the Golden Age of Hollywood, albeit a very fantasy of reality. This version of Los Angeles is defended by two heroes. By day, the benevolent Whiz-Bang inspires hope across the city. At night, the terrifying Black Dog hunts criminal scum. No one knows that the two heroes are actually the same man – stuntman Ace Adams.
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The Alter Ego creative team also includes colorist Kike J. Diaz (Red Sonja) and letterer Rus Wooton (The Walking Dead). The book also features variant covers by Wilfredo Torres, Phil Hester, Declan Shalvey, Chris Eliopoulos, and SOZOMAIKA. This 100-page graphic novel is published by Cosby’s Linney Incorporated, and the Kickstarter campaign is live now.
“The world of Alter Ego is a Golden Age of Hollywood, an age you’ve never seen,” Cosby told IGN. Noir, Westerns, Bollywood musicals, Japanese Jidaigeki… and every corner has its own crimes and concerns. What they have in common are their protectors: during the day, the smiling WHIZ-BANG fights evil; at night, the brooding BLACK DOG roams the streets. But no one suspects that these two heroes are the same person.”
“The most fun part of drawing Alter Ego is that the concept and world we’ve created allows me to play in almost any genre I could want,” says Edgar. “It’s what explores Ace’s various hero personas as well as his movie career aspirations. It opens us up to. I can do explosive superheroes, noir, westerns, Ben-Hur-inspired interlude… it’s such an overflowing toy box for me to play with.”
Edgar adds: “When it came to designing Whiz-Bang and The Black Dog, I wanted them to both look like they might have existed in the golden/silver era of the strip. But at the same time, certainly some of those early superhero costumes didn’t age well, so the goal was to come up with designs that felt classic but also polished and iconic in a way that would appeal to modern readers. offend any artist or fan, but that’s the difference between something like Mr. Terrific’s Golden Age costume (look at it!) and other era heroes like Alan Scott (who has had a big influence on Whiz-Bang) or Captain America.
“Jacob’s visual conception of this world is breathtaking and intricate; both familiar to any movie buff or fan of classic comics, yet utterly unique in scale and ambition,” said Cosby. . “We wanted to build something inspired by our favorite stories… Singin’ In The Rain, DC: The New Frontier, Casablanca, Astro City, The Rocketeer… and tell a story that feels retro and familiar in many ways, but with a new twist. concept of time and place.
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