There is an old adage: “If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.” This isn’t always true for things like cooking, home renovation, and steak-knife surgery, but home-brewed innovation can be great for fueling our natural artistic drives. When Golden Words heard that Queen’s Comic Book Legion wanted to make the first student made comic book at Queen’s called “Gael Force”, they couldn’t help but send in a trusted deep undercover agent, moi, to snoop around and get the dirt for a pre-release review. Does Gael Force #1 soar like a bird and/or plane, or does its first issue deserve to be its last? Let’s find out!
Every good superhero story needs a diverse cast of characters, each with their own unique personalities, and ambitions. The stars of Gael Force read like rejects from DC Online Universe and have the personality of the cardboard cut-outs that they’re featured on for advertising purposes.
First off, there’s team leader/hooker Persephone, who I assume is the lovechild of Doctor Octopus and Poison Ivy. She has the ability to manipulate plants and grow vine-like tentacles from her back; sadly, she uses these abilities for heroism in lieu of growing the best weed in Kingston, or holding the raciest Greenpeace rallies ever. Can you say “wasted potential”, QCBL?!
Backing her up is lil’ sister Not-Hawkeye a.k.a. Artemis. Her abilities include archery and a raging inferiority complex! Hey QCBL: if I see a boxing-glove-arrow at any point in this series, I’m burning this comic book on the spot.
Her right hand man is Anime Cliché #426/Dividend, who boldly dares to defy the many stereotypes aimed at Asian characters in comic books, such as being likable, original, and intelligent. His character is made marginally better by actually being an Asian dressed as a ninja, instead of some pasty white guy doing his best Naruto cosplay. Otherwise, this comic would read more like a photo recap of last year’s Anime North.
Decoder is the resident tech wiz. Apparently, his superpower is talking to computers, which make him way more terrifying than anyone else on the entire team, including Samurai Hack or the ‘roid-head who can deadlift buses. He can see into my porn history. HE CAN SEE IT ALL. He also has a cute, kid-appeal robot buddy named Chip who helps in his e-sleuthing, like a non-useless Scrappy Doo.
Rounding out the super-crew is super-strong Pecs (geddit guys, it’s cause he lifts bro, LOL). He’s a courageous guy with the compassion of Superman, the good looks of Wally West, and the wardrobe of Schumacher-era Batman (seriously, his chest has to be sculpted on to his outfit). Just goes to show that all you need to be a hero is a kind heart, a strong moral compass, and enough steroids to keep the MLB running into 2065.
Let’s see… token sex icon… token non-powered hero… token minority… holy fuck, this story has more tokens than a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Goddamn.
Our heroes must band together to solve the disappearances of their friends while fighting off mutated creatures intent on raising as much hell as possible – kind of like Aberdeen every Homecoming, except with more comic-book science. The story is fairly engaging superhero fare that will relate to the struggles of the average Queen’s student. After all, haven’t you ever struggled with angst and responsibility while punching out genetically altered werewolves who crashed your kegger?
All in all, a satisfying read, well worth the $5. Pick up a copy today, and enjoy the first of many hair-raising adventures! Or, you can stockpile them for kindling. Logs are expensive these days.
You can find out where to get one along with more info about the club at their website qcbl.weebly.com