Title: Banjax #1
Publisher: Action Lab – Danger Zone
Words: Rylend Grant
Art: Fabio Alves
Published: June 12, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: CHAPTER 1: THE CURE. A wholly original and delightfully twisted deconstruction of the superhero genre by Hollywood screenwriter/Aberrant-scribe Rylend Grant. Liard Mason, a disgraced former superhero, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, brought on by years of using his powers. Defending what he has deemed an ungrateful and ultimately unworthy city is literally killing him. With just months to live and a legacy hanging in the balance, Mason launches a violent and misguided Death Wish-like campaign to purge the city of supervillains before he dies.
“The evil of man, this cesspool we call a word eats and eats at me.”
In a single issue, readers are treated to the origin, rise, fall, and rebirth of a single character. In a single issue, readers are presented with a character that’s both easy to love and hate. In a single issue, readers are immersed in a dark world not too dissimilar from our own. In a single issue, I hope that I’ve made it clear by my use of repetition, writer Rylend Grant accomplishes quite a lot.
More so than a deconstruction of the modern day superhero story, Banjax is a subversion that reveals the scarred underbelly of the Hollywood’s hottest genre, revealing what’s hidden beneath the masks and brightly-colored costumes. Sure, Grant is able to pen scripts that provide near-cinematic reading experiences, but there’s much more to Banjax than its pacing and authentic dialogue. As exhibited here, Banjax promises to immerse readers in uncomfortable situations and involve them in the troubling conversations that other creators refuse to have.
For fans of the genre, and for those looking for something unique, Banjax #1 is a must-read.
Banjax hits incredibly hard as it subverts the modern-day superhero tales that we all know and love, providing readers with an experience that is intense, thought-provoking, and incredibly entertaining.