by Jason Loo
I love my hometown, Toronto, which is a serious comics town. I am often surprised by the high calibre of local talent in the comics industry, from big-name Big Two stars to quality independent writers, artists, and cartoonists. For a city that is well-represented behind the scenes in comics, it's not often a a comic showcases the city itself.
Sure, Alpha Flight comes to mind, but even when John Byrne was drawing it, Toronto was never a character. It was in Scott Pilgrim, though, but now, Toronto has its own superhero, the Human-Lizard (apparently he's a little pitiful). At TCAF, creator Jason Loo compared this hero to the city's sports teams - lots of good intentions, not very impressive results.
Anyway, this is a very solid debut for this series. We get to know our hero, who is a Kick-Ass style superhero wannabe with access to his father's excellent glue and gimmicks from his own hero days. Lucas Barrett has a boring office job, and generally sucks at jiu-jitsu, but really wants to be a hero. After signing up for a drug company experiment, he gains the ability to recover from any injury, and realizes that perhaps his time to be a hero has come around.
Loo makes Lucas a likeable character, and does a terrific job of incorporating the city into his story. You don't have to be from Toronto to enjoy this book, but there are lots of Easter Eggs and nods to Torontonians that make reading this even more fun.
My biggest TCAF regret of this year (I always have some) was in not buying the other three issues of this series that are available. I'm going to have to go look for them, because I want more.