That Bulletproof Kid is an indie comic from Australia that’s (so far) about balancing the life of a superhero with the everyday responsibilities and expectations of being a teenager. In that respect, it’s somewhat akin to Spider-Man; however, while the web-slinger is a full-fledged superhero, Anthony “Anth” Fischer is merely a sidekick. So, not only does he have to take guff from his friends over the inexplicable and, at times, anti-social behavior that results from having to deal with his superhero duties instead of real life, he also has to endure chastisement from his boss, the Crusader, when his real life interferes with his superhero duties.
This short first issue covers a lot of ground. In addition to showing us a glimpse of our hero’s school situation as Anth and his superhero adventures as Bulletproof Kid, it also gives us a flashback to another, seemingly unrelated story of 30 years ago. We see two brothers, superpowered aliens on opposite sides of interstellar law. One is imprisoned for some unnamed crime and faces harsh punishment. His brother risks everything to help him—but maybe not in the way he had hoped.
The two stories—Anth’s and that of the two brothers—are very different, but both compelling in their own way. It’s a rather interesting contrast between what seems to be an epic, interstellar saga of sibling rivalry and the fairly low-key depiction of the daily trials and tribulations of a work-a-day sidekick. No doubt the connection between the two storylines will be revealed in subsequent issues.
The comic was created by Matt Kyme, the artist behind Tales to Admonish, now stepping into the role of writer and creating an interesting and worthwhile story. The artistic duties on Bulletproof Kid are handled by Arthur Strickland, who has a very different drawing style from Kyme but provides a slick, mainstream superhero-y look that fits the tone of the comic well.
It’s very difficult to judge an ongoing series based on its first issue. There’s so much to establish and so little room to do it in. But, Kyme does it well, giving us a hook and drawing us into the world enough to make us want to explore it further. I look forward to seeing what Issue #2 has to offer.