“Michael Midas, Champion: Book One”, written by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and illustrated by Scott Beefiel, details the origin of Champion, told through a collaborative effort between a young boy and his grandmother. The drawings are vivid and the story is compelling but erratic, as it bounces between different times in Michael’s life. I love the tongue-in-cheek aspect of the book but the cliffhanger ending reminds me of the frustration I had with comic books in my youth! I suspect that those who are fans of the genre will be entertained by this book, but personally, I am too impatient to wait for Roddy and his grandmother to spin out a new tale.
Long-time Batman editor Jordan B. Gorfinkel and DC and Marvel superhero artist Scott Benefiel team-up to tell the tale of a new kind of hero...
IT’S A SUPERHEROIC LIFE
As Champion, the crimson guardian of his hometown Urbana Falls, Michael Midas battles vengeful samurai, wicked sorcerers and evil creatures, earning the gratitude of the people he saves—and the heart of Dani, the woman he loves.
But being a superhero doesn’t pay the bills. All of Michael’s super-strength and stamina is defenseless against the daily trials and tribulations of making ends meet. Beneath his colorful costume, he’s another struggling blue collar worker, full of lingering self-doubt about his role as Champion.
Then Michael’s super and civilian identities collide when he’s confronted by Truck, his grade school bully and romantic rival. His long-time nemesis has evolved into an endlessly adaptable, monstrous supervillain, determined to destroy the world—and he’s got the power to do it.
Torn between fulfilling conflicting responsibilities to his family and to mankind, can Michael Midas Champion find the power to fix the problems of his past and save the world?