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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Alt★Hero issue #5

Arkhaven Comics is pleased to announce that Alt★Hero issue #5: London Calling, has gone out to the Alt★Hero backers. If you are a backer, please check your email. It is also  available for non-backers on the Arkhaven Comics store in high-resolution CBZ format and Kindle format for a retail price of $2.99. It is also available on Amazon in Kindle format, but it will not be available via Kindle Unlimited.

Alt★Hero #5: London Calling

The directors of the United Nations Superhuman Protection Council have learned the hard way that putting pressure on the families of the next-gen renegades is a game far too dangerous to play. But their newfound limitations does not mean they don’t have other resources on which to call, resources that are every bit as dangerous as the superhumans they are hunting.

Bounding Into Comics has an exclusive three-page preview. This is the last issue that will feature the illustrations of Richard Bonk, as he has moved onto Arkhaven's Swan Knight Saga series, We expect to bring him back to Alt★Hero for the occasional Premium cover, however.

UPDATE: Alt★Hero #5: London Calling is now available on Amazon.

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22 Comments:

Blogger d Adam December 01, 2018 9:11 AM  

When will the print copy of Quantum Mortis # 3 be available. Thanks.

Blogger VD December 01, 2018 9:14 AM  

Probably sometime in January. We're working on the Jeeves omnibus next.

Blogger Dire Badger December 01, 2018 9:36 AM  

But Richard Bonk drew such an Incredible Rebel...

Blogger pdwalker December 01, 2018 9:36 AM  

Woohoo!

Blogger Dave December 01, 2018 10:51 AM  

Well, this was a pleasant surprise early on a Saturday morning.

The early previews don't do justice to the awesomeness that is Issue #5. The manual was the perfect touch; I did have to laugh at that. I'm going to miss Bonk's work on Alt★Hero however, but I can't wait to see what he does with Swan Knight Saga.

As someone said, I think on a Darkstream, you might be the next Stan Lee. We shall call you Vox Lee. Ok, maybe not quite yet.

Blogger Ahärôwn December 01, 2018 12:38 PM  

Good issue! Thanks, Vox.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit December 01, 2018 3:05 PM  

That is just a gorgeous bit of line work your artist did for the cover. Just lovely!

Blogger Peaceful Poster December 01, 2018 4:56 PM  

4GW Handbook cameo!

Blogger Josh Randle December 01, 2018 5:57 PM  

Ok, so this is just digital? You cant get the paperback version yet? Also, when do you think we will get the fixed version of Avalon #2? You said you were gonna send out fixed versions right?

Blogger John December 01, 2018 5:59 PM  

@8 4GW Handbook cameo!

Aaaaand that is how you plant the seeds of victory.

Blogger Rex Leroy King December 01, 2018 6:02 PM  

Josh Randle wrote:Ok, so this is just digital? You cant get the paperback version yet?

The paperbacks always come out a week or more after the digital. There's no reason to delay publishing the digital edition while we work on the print. The gold logo paperback should be ready some time next week.

Blogger Josh Randle December 01, 2018 6:13 PM  

Thanks, Rex Leroy King

Blogger VD December 01, 2018 7:07 PM  

Ok, so this is just digital? You cant get the paperback version yet? Also, when do you think we will get the fixed version of Avalon #2? You said you were gonna send out fixed versions right?

Yes. No. January. Yes.

Blogger Avalanche December 01, 2018 9:50 PM  

"If you are a backer, please check your email."

Does it matter where on the planet a backer is? (Like, do the notifications go out sequentially or something?) It's 10 p.m. in Georgia, U.S. and still no email. (Yes, I'm checking a bit obsessively!) Castalia and Vox are "white-listed" with my ISP; would it be coming from a different email address?
(The printed ones seem to come from Oregon, which is pretty cool!)

Blogger tz December 01, 2018 10:20 PM  

When you get a call from a panter, you better not anther. Especially a black panther doing the equivalent of black e mail.

I did not like the cliffhanger ending.

I liked the rest (though I erred in I wanted hardcopy).

It's not a bug, it's a featured arachnid.

Also appreciate the light infantry 4GW reference.

If there is anything I dislike, it is the wait, but I suppose it helps develop the virtue of patience.

Blogger VD December 02, 2018 7:14 AM  

I did not like the cliffhanger ending.

Read it again. It's not a cliffhanger.

Blogger Michael Maier December 02, 2018 11:38 AM  

Digging the fromage on the cover.

The story is getting very interesting. Seeing the power players figure out the next steps is very thought-provoking. I haven't read all of 4th GEN but its application in this setting is very interesting.

The moral questions are getting kind of deep, too. I was a bit confused by the murders of the recruits in AH2, though. How could they so quickly ascertain the recruits had agreed to work for the SPC? I would have liked to have seen something on how Michael knows they killed them. If he knows that it happened, shouldn't he also know the why? Seems like something that would come out in conversation in that moment.

It's a shame Richard Bonk (????) is leaving the book. I really enjoy his expressions on Rebel, especially. Very human.

Blogger VD December 02, 2018 12:08 PM  

How could they so quickly ascertain the recruits had agreed to work for the SPC?

They couldn't. They knew how long the SPC had been keeping them, so they knew that they were more or less broken. They also knew they weren't in any position to try rehabilitating them; freeing them would only lead to them being recaptured right away.

Blogger Michael Maier December 02, 2018 1:22 PM  

Much darker than expected, but okay. I would like to see things like that made a bit more explicit in the books themselves, though. But it is making me look forward to reading more in the future even more now.

But I am not saying belabor the obvious, like many comics do. There has to be a balance in there somewhere.

For any comic geeks: Are there any other comics you think go deep in to the political ramifications of supers? Even WATCHMEN gave it all a rather superficial treatment.

I seem to recall that it was a secret that supers were banned from the military in the old school Marvel universe in a treaty between the USA and USSR. Though a team of super-powered spies working for SHIELD or Britain's W.H.O. could have been fascinating reading.

Blogger VD December 02, 2018 7:32 PM  

I would like to see things like that made a bit more explicit in the books themselves, though.

Never going to happen. Surely you've read enough of my fiction to know that. I don't believe in spoonfeeding the reader.

Blogger Michael Maier December 02, 2018 8:07 PM  

OK, but there's obviously conflict there and it seemed to both erupt and dissipate rather quickly.

I realize you don't want a wall of text or to bore the readers but that strikes me as odd and out for character for Michael in that situation.

Blogger Alex December 03, 2018 10:55 AM  

Every issue gets better and better. The more we see of the larger conflict at play, the more I look forward to the next issue. These books are really making me feel like I did when I was 12 or 13 waiting for the new issue of Spider-Man to come out because I *had* to know what happened. Alt-Hero is shaping up to be legendary.

All the best to Mr. Bonk. I dug his art a lot--it hearkened back to the great comics I remember as a kid: bold and kinetic, but you could understand very clearly everything that was going on.

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