Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mike Campeau Comics' Krimzon Kaine

While this blog is primarily about Canadian superheroes, it doesn't make much sense to avoid discussing Canadian talent because he/she/they either chose to make their characters of a different nationality, or said nationality is not determined.

Looking up Canadian publishers on Graphicly, I found Mike Campeau Comics and the first issue of his Krimzon Kaine book.  There was no indication that the character is Canadian (and as it turns out, the story takes place in a futuristic New York City) but it looked cool and, worst case scenario, I was out all of a buck or two (I forget the exact amount).  That's a pretty small price to provide a little support to Canuck talent and passion.

Glad I grabbed it.  This book IS cool.

I'm not entirely sure why it works.  At first sight, I was reminded of laughing out loud when I found out that Grifter from WildC.A.T.S. (at the time) was named "Cole Cash".  When you try so hard to make a character cool, you often achieve the exact opposite; your motive is so transparent that you make him look like an ass.

Kaine is something of a blend of Grifter and Lobo.  His name and weapons are similar to the former, and his appearance similar to the latter.  But he "works" as a tough guy without turning into comedy (intentional or otherwise).

The art is quite dynamic, as you can see below.  A larger sample of Mike's work can be seen on his deviantart page, including a look at another book Mike is working on named The Shadowsoul, and work for other publishers.  His blog is included on the roll at right.

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