We have two situations he handles without effort. The rescue of a kidnapped girl and the simple stopping of three inept criminals trying to break into a pawn shop. But unknown to him, there are two events happening involving his best friend, Nate and a couple of strangers to Millerton making a deal for the most infamous piece of real estate in town. Oh yeah, there’s also the possibility of another, more violent vigilante running around.
This whole issue is understandably setup. What I wanted to throw out there was a little example of Tommy in control before he has the rug pulled out from under him. If you read the graphic novel (and you can check it out if you want), Tommy has a penchant for cruising into situations, not necessarily because of confidence, but because his natural tendencies dictate it. He’s the hero. Sometimes that blinds him to the danger before him. He’s compelled to act. And despite training all his life to wear the mask, actually wearing it and the target that it makes him is new. He knew how his Pop handled it. But he’s now learning how he handles it.
I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel. I’m not trying to create a magnum opus like Watchmen. This is a just a fun story who’s only agenda is me making the type of comic that got me interested in comics to begin with. I’m trying to relate the story of a regular guy with a very irregular legacy and how his own humanity grounds him to doing the best he can with it. I love characters and I try my best to develop very rounded, real people tinged with a little comic bookey skews to them. I love to write moments between Tommy and those around him. Action is fun but how everyone relates to each other is what I look forward to.
Add all of the above together and you have the best issue #1 I didn’t know I could write.
Tune in for more. I just want to share the fun. “Have you seen Armand Tyler?” is a nice, personal journey for a new character. Tommy is almost a guest star in it. But I’ll wait to talk more about that later.