“A fresh take on the dynamic of superhero families.”
“Jim Ryder, a father with superpowers, leaves his wife and daughter to become “Invulnerable” – the world’s only superhero. Ten years later his daughter, Casey, discovers that she has inherited the very superpowers that made her father leave their family. Looking for answers about her abilities she reconnects with the father whom she hates.
In this first issue of a 4-part mini-series, the story opens up with the superhero, Invulnerable, racing through a busy city street at super speed to catch a pair of bank robbers. Invulnerable also has super strength, among other notable powers that come into play later on.
Throughout the story we find out that he’d left his family years ago to be a full-time superhero. The reason for this decision is unknown as of the first issue. It could be for selfish reasons, or he might be trying to protect his loved ones. Whatever the reason, his actions obviously don’t sit well with his former wife and his daughter. Casey Ryder, his daughter, doesn’t take it particularly well when her classmates talk about how great her father is. And since they don’t know he’s Casey’s father, they’re a little confused by her angry outbursts whenever they start gushing about how awesome he is.
After a particularly rough day at school, Casey is walking home when a young boy—who isn’t paying attention while playing catch—runs out into the street. She grabs the boy and throws him out of harm’s way, but in the process puts herself in the way of the speeding vehicle. But upon striking her, the car crumples up like a piece of paper. Scared and confused, she uses her new found powers to make it home quickly. With the help of her friend, Casey trains until she is able able to get a handle on her powers and how they work. The only question that remains is, does she want to be like her absent father and become a superhero?
The art for this book is pretty good; the people are realistic-looking for the most part. This first issue is a lot of setup with dialogue, so I would like to see how the title goes when there’s more action. I think the art could really shine then. The panels and pages have a traditional kind of setup; anywhere between 4 to 6 panels on each page with thick white borders that give it the kind of classic comic look.
I’m definitely going to check out the rest of this series to see where the story ends up. I would suggest you do the same.
I’m giving Like Father Like Daughter…
4 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots
Written And Created by: Kathryn Calamia
Pencils and Ink by: Wayne A. Brown
Published by: Short Fuse Media