There’s no shortage of team books out there, X-Men, Justice League, X-Factor, Teen Titans, and they’re great but books but sometimes I prefer a team book like The Avenger. The major difference? Instead of being populated by super heroes, Justice Inc is a team made up of those who’ve been done wrong by crime. I’ve always considered the assembled heroic group a much more realistic response to losing loved ones by tragic circumstance than say, donning a costume and lurking on the rooftops. Leading the group is the one “super” Richard Benson (The Avenger) was horribly disfigured by his grief. The pain of losing his wife and child turning his skin and hair white and erasing all expression from his face (which becomes malleable), this is a comic book after all. It’s the rest of his team that brings it home. Men and women from all walks of life, all colors, creeds, ages, each member has been wronged, really seriously wronged, in different ways.
This time around a client comes to them with a big problem, she’s being threatened someone doesn’t want her to perform on this new thing “television”. But Billie Holiday won’t be bullied, that’s why she came to Justice Inc! How does her problem tie into the zombie-like maniacs chomping on anyone they can?
This is a truly pulp book, snappy dialogue, a double mystery plot, hell it even takes place in New York in 1939! My only problem? The $7.99 price tag. It’s a 48 page special starring characters that aren’t exactly mainstream. That’s a price I expect on a Batman Annual, I still don’t like it but I’ve come to expect it. And the digital is the same price? Look for this one in the after-market bin in a few months it’s a 4 out of 5 book but the price is a bit too high.
Avenger Special: The Television Killers gets 3 out of 5 stars, an above average book at an unfortunately above average price.
Art: Edu Menna
Rating: Teen +
Cover: Robert Hack
Publication Date: Dec 2014
Format: Comic Book
Page Count: 48 pages
ON SALE DATE: December 17
1939: Ordinary, law-abiding citizens are turning into shambling maniacs who attack and eat their victims. As The Avenger and his Justice Inc. crew investigate, a new client comes to the man with the dead face and icy eyes for help: a young singer named Billie Holiday, who’s received death threats before her appearance on a new invention called “television.” Pulp-era thrills and horror from writer Mark Rahner (The Twilight Zone, Army of Darkness/Reanimator).