I always have room for a book that attempts to answer the “what if?”. When I met Anthony Ruttgaizer at the Action Lab booth at NYCC last year I found the premise of “THE F1RST HERO” intriguing. In a world of insane super-powered “heroes” can the only sane one make a difference? Will he want to? Guess we’ll find out in August!
QUESTIONING THE SANITY OF SUPERHEROES IN ACTION LAB’S ‘THE F1RST HERO’
A WORLD OF SUPERPOWER-FUELED CRIMINAL INSANITY GIVES BIRTH TO ITS FIRST SUPERHERO.
PITTSBURGH, PA – What if everyone who ever had superpowers had gone insane and became a threat to society? If one man were to manifest powers yet somehow keep his sanity, would he choose to use his new abilities to help the innocent? Or would he keeps his powers a secret to protect himself and his loved ones from a world that hates and fears his kind? These are the questions asked in THE F1RST HERO, the latest release from Action Lab Entertainment.
Written by radio host/pop culture commentator and professional wrestler Anthony Ruttgaizer, the series is couched in real world events. Jacob Roth, a US Marine serving in Afghanistan, is just a few days shy of returning to the States. In the heat of battle, Roth discovers that he is an “extrahuman”, a being whose extraordinary abilities normally come at a horrible price. But even if he masters his new powers, Roth must still deal with a society that will see him as a ticking time bomb, easier to dispose of than to defuse.
Ruttgaizer doesn’t shy away from controversy, tackling real world history in establishing a grounded setting for THE F1RST HERO, and he has assembled an amazingly talent art team to help him tell this tale. Anthony is joined by artist Phillip Sevy (a runner-up in Top Cow’s 2013 Talent Hunt), colorist/letterer Fred C. Stressing (Adventure Time Annual, Hello Kitty), with covers by Lee Moder (Wonder Woman, Shinku) and an issue 1 variant cover by Jamal Igle (Terminator, G.I. Joe). The first story arc runs for four monthly issues starting in August.
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Writer: Ruttgaizer, Anthony
Artist: Sevy, Phillip
Cover Artist: Moder, Lee
Format: LIMITED SERIES
On Sale August 27, 2014
Publisher Action Lab
Diamond Id: JUN140756
ABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT- Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business. Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment. Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis. Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, NFL RUSHZONE (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Jeremy Dale’s hit series SKYWARD, and Gale Middleton’s (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS. Action Lab’s Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as EHMM THEORY and Dan Mendoza’s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, THE FINAL PLAGUE and BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA.