Super Real #1
Publisher: Super Real Graphics
Created, written and drawn by: Jason Martin

I have to admit when I was asked to review Super Real, I had some reservations. The largest being the fact that I hate reality television. I mean I literally can't stand it! I could go on and on as to the reasons why, but that’s not the point of this review.

Super Real is the story of a group of young people who are chosen to star in a new reality television show. The unique angle is that they are each given genetic enhancements and the world gets to see how they all react to their new powers and to each other.

Jason Martin does a wonderful job creating a new universe of characters and environments. The comic actually feels like reality television. From mixing real photographic elements with comic art, to the design of his mast-head or even his choice of layouts, the comic is the printed equivalent of reality television. Except of course, that it isn't reality television, it's a comic book and that's why the comic book really works. In fact, if all reality television shows were done as comics, I might be inclined not to hate them so much, but again, off topic!

Issue one introduces you to the cast of characters set to become super heroes and to the slimy television executives who are the brains behind it all. Each of the characters have a unique style and presence allowing the reader to really identify with the struggles in each of their lives before they get the call to be on Super Real. And Martin’s unique artistic style makes the characters in particular jump right off the pages.

The story is also well written and catchy. The allure of making that quick buck and becoming famous is one of the underlying themes in the book and is explored with humour and a stark sense of the reality of business.

Overall, Super Real is the real deal. It's got great characters, it's well written, and the art is a fresh new mix of comics and realism. I can't wait to read more!

Reviewer: Jeremy Rayment

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