Side-Kicked by Russell Brettholtz, Miguel Mendonca, Bong Dazo
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
It should come as no surprise to learn that within the superhero “community,” egos run rampant. But how does all that free-flowing narcissism impact those just outside the spotlight? Chicago finds out when five of the city’s most loyal Sidekicks finally grow tired of being disrespected by both the prima donnas they work with and the citizenry they strive to protect. And it’s not like the Windy City needs yet another labor upheaval…
The graphic is fine, all the hero and villain costumes are quite cool, the powers they have might be interesting, but there’s not much use of them. There’re very few panels that show you some action, most of them is talking or thinking about heroes’ ignorance toward their sidekicks. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind some dialogs instead of action, it just wasn’t that interesting.
The sidekicks strike was a bad move in my opinion. If they wanted to be heard than OK – ignore your superheroes, but go save people by yourselves instead of drinking beer and doing nothing until enough people get hurt and you have to save the world… way to go…
Superheroes were portrayed as self-centered idiots, who do the world saving only for their own fame and who didn’t really care about the people. And sidekicks were the poor guys, mistreated by their heroes, trying to keep one or two jobs to make some living.
The ending is rather weak too. It looks like a beginning of the next story that will be pretty much the same as this one, only from the villain henchmen’s perspective.
If you’re curious enough to read this kind of story – go on, but I won’t recommend it. I didn’t like it that much.
Have you read any stories from sidekicks perspective? How did you like them?