In a world where the only thing worse than a super-villain is an egomaniacal superhero, it is up to the under-paid, under-appreciated sidekicks to both make their partners look good and keep common citizens out of danger. But what happens when the sidekicks decide that they’ve had enough? That’s the core question in SIDE-KICKED, a 96-page original graphic novel by Russell Brettholtz and Miguel Mendonça coming from Darby Pop Publishing this October.
And who are these haughty heroes, vicious villains, and sacrificial sidekicks? Find out in our new blog series: Meet the Cast!
BIRTH NAME: Albert Clinton
POWERS: Can generate electricity and fire electric blasts
WEIGHT: 175 lbs
BACK STORY: To earn a few extra dollars, Al took a job at a chemical research facility. He didn’t know (or understand) the exact nature of the “research,” but his responsibilities were simple enough.
One night, exhausted, Al was careless while moving an electric eel back into its tank. The eel bit him, and Al received a jolt of electricity that caused pain greater than he had ever experienced. The next day, Al was shocked to discover that his entire body was still crackling with electricity and that he could generate a directional blast of same if he concentrated hard enough.
Hero: The Flying Fox protects the streets of Chicago as part of his own personal war on crime. A former Special Forces soldier, the Fox was taught by his father to always “Protect What’s Yours”, so this hero uses his vast fortune and unique skill set to ensure his city will always be safe.
Villain: Professor Pain was a noted bio-chemist who discovered a way to merge animal DNA with human. He now sells super-powers to those who can afford it, and has given himself an array of electrically-charged abilities that he uses to overload the pain sensors of his prey.
SIDE-KICKED (TP) is now available for pre-order from your local comics shop with order code: AUG15 1606, and will be released in-stores and digitally in late October. Stay tuned for future entries to meet the rest of our core cast.