Bullying is a subject close to my heart, as a teenager I suffered from bullies for a number of years. It was odd as it was not the usual type of one scenario we have seen played out in films and TV shows throughout the years. This is where this comic(although slightly ham fisted at times) really is a great piece to try to explain how bullying can take more than one form. Within the pages there are three stories one concerning the Avengers, one the Guardians of the Galaxy with Spiderman rounding off the trio. The character choices seem spot on thanks to their current social standing, getting a message across is always more powerful coming from a recognisable star and that is one of the reasons why these comics are worth creating.
The first Story is called Avengers “Straight Shooter” Created by Sean Ryan (Writer) Carlo Barberi (Art) and Israel Silva (Colours). This shows the subtle side of bullying with Hawkeye as the recipient. It is a fluid story with a natural reveal of why the world’s best archer feels like he is not quite part of the team. I will say the moral is hammered home for the adult reader but for a younger reader unaware of their actions or suffering from this kind of treatment it could be a real eye opener. Artistically Barberi has gone for a stylised look which helps to make the characters ump off of the page this in helped by the vibrant colours from Silva. Thanks to the art I’m sure it will capture younger reader’s attention and hopefully this story and the rest of the book a success.
There is however a non-superhero story at the end called Weird by Jeff Loveness, Gustavo Duarte and Lee Loughbridge. It’s a short story that has a great sentiment drawn in a lovely style. In many ways this is one of the most identifiable pieces of work (on a personal level) I have ever seen. I will not ruin the scene but if you ever feel like you are alone then this could be the comic for you.