Thursday, 24 November 2011

Spandex #5

It’s another great issue of Martin Eden’s Spandex.  Last issue, with the exception of their leader, Liberty, and their newest member, Neon, the various members of Britain’s first gay super-hero team, Spandex, were defeated by lesbian super-villain team Les Girlz.  This issue, Liberty finds herself taking on dozens of super-villains, with a little help from the original Spandex team, Japanese super-heroes the J-Team, and the O-Men, in a piss-take of bloated super-hero crossover events.  Along the way, we find out Liberty’s origin, and the origin of the Spandex team, in some nicely done flashback scenes, and eventually we get to find out what has happened to the defeated members of Spandex, and who the traitor in the team is (it’s not who you think it is). 

This is part two of a four-part story, so nothing is resolved by the end of the issue.  In fact, the main story doesn’t progress that much from the end of the previous issue, but what does occur is a lot of fun.  Eden has a gift for creating great characters and this issue is packed full of original super-heroes and super-villains.  Some of his characters are parodies of existing characters given a gay twist – the Gulk, James Bend, etc. – but they are usually witty / clever parodies, seemingly informed by genuine affection for the source material (this very modern, occasionally rude, super-hero comic is clearly not the work of someone who hates super-heroes).  I assume that most of these characters were created especially for this issue, but the O-Men were the stars of Eden’s previous super-hero series, which I regret to say I’ve never read, and I was very pleased to read on the final page of this issue that he will be releasing several large O-Men collections in the near future.  If the O-Men was half as good as Spandex is, I will definitely be buying them all!

Spandex is available for £3.20 per issue (including postage and packing) from the Spandex website.  

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