Super Human Resources #4

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May 2009 | Ape Entertainment

Story: Ken Marcus
Art: Justin Bleep
Colour: Antonio Campo
Letters: Jacque Nodell

SCI is shutting down and it’s the last week for it’s employees to finish up, pack their things, and lament about their uncertain futures.

During the process, Tim uncovers some files that sheds light on SCI’s financial troubles, but can the company be saved?

It took so long for me to get this issue. Stupid me and my online comic shipping schedule set to monthly instead of weekly.

This issue had the one thing I had hoped for since issue one—attacking office supplies. It finally happens and it’s perfectly hilarious– brilliant, even. I yelled out in joy when I saw the first shots fired with the copier sucking in Gordon.

I loved this book. Zombor’s interview with the Evil Alliance is a fond memory along with Throg’s Sunglass Hut doubts. Seeing all these characters trying to get their lives sorted, many feeling that void that comes when you have to say goodbye to the place and people you’ve worked with for so long, really brought back some familiar pangs of my past work experiences on the cubical farm. And despite that strange pall that comes over the entire building, that weird crazy stuff that always happens, still manages to happen. This book really captures it well. It’s so believable that if supers really existed, this is exactly what a company like SCI would be like without a doubt.

I’m saddened that this was the last issue of the story, but happy for the closure and consistent quality. I’m also reassured that there’s plans for more. Until then, the futures of Zombor, Tim, and the rest of the gang at SCI are at the mercy of my imagination.

This series deserves to be at the top of everyone’s reading list.

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Super Human Resources #3

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2009 | Ape Entertainment

Illustrations: Justin Bleep
Story: Ken Marcus
Colour: Joey Mason
Letters: Jacque Nodell

That’s right. I’m back again with more SHR and more praise. Fortunately, and unfortunately, I have to wait for the final issue.

It’s Christmastime at Super Crisis International, complete with the awkward secret Santa, and company Christmas party. The copy machine now has the aid of the coffee machine and the first act against the fleshlings made. Tim gets to do some field work the cost consultant and the issue ends with grim news for the entire staff.

This never gets old. I still love the copy machine. It’s exchange with the coffee maker cracked me up. The Brotherhood of Industrial Accidents is quite the, uh, villainous bunch. I particularly liked the one with the pole speared through his head. There’s just so much to love about this series and the love keeps growing. Such a great concept brilliantly executed. One more issue and I’ll be left with an empty void and the memories of good times.

Super Human Resources #2

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2009 | Ape Entertainment

Illustrations: Justin Bleep
Story: Ken Marcus
Colour: Joey Mason
Letters: Jacque Nodell

I really didn’t want to post this right after the doing the first issue, but I’m so hooked on this, I couldn’t help it. I’m obsessed with these crazy people.

Moving right along, Tim has pretty much settled in and seems quite desensitized to the craziness surrounding him. He’s busy trying to find purchase orders while Manboto tries putting the moves on Sarah (who is not a robot, but a normal human girl). The highlight of this issue is Zombor’s birthday party which turns out to be quite eventful. I still feel sorry he’s on that low human flesh diet. Give the poor zombie some meat, for cryin’ out loud, it’s his birthday!

We have a lot of great lines and events in this book. I’m so happy it’s staying consistent. I love the sentient copy machine and I love how it seems to be slowly taking over the other office supplies. The Wombat reminds of someone you’d see in The Tick. What he does to Tim is pretty funny and I’m really diggin’ that poor, lonely guy. 

The quality of the writing and humor is consistent with the previous issue. Still good stuff here and I’m still loving it. I can’t get enough of this and I’m already starting to feel a bit sad that there’s only two issues left.

Super Human Resources #1

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2009 | Ape Entertainment

Illustrations: Justin Bleep
Story: Ken Marcus
Colour: Joey Mason
Letters: Jacque Nodell

Finally something different for the super hero genre. We’re not following super heroes on their daily grind of foiling villainous plots to take over cities and universes. This time we’re following the little people that keep these heroes moving; the hard working office workers sitting in their cubicles drowning in paperwork.

Meet Tim, a temp worker that gets to spend the next four issues working in accounts receivable. Today’s his first day and it starts with the grand tour which gives us a good idea of how crazy things are in this place.

The blend of characters in this book are hilarious. There’s a zombie as the main receptionist who’s always grumpy due to the low human flesh diet he’s on. There’s a bog monster hanging out in office supplies also into recreational plants. There’s even a god with a porn addiction working in the monitor room. The rest of the cast is equally odd and I couldn’t imagine them any different.

This issue has barely a story as it’s focus is mainly on setting the stage, introducing the characters and work environment. We are given the first glimpse of the problem Super Crises International will be facing, and it’s definitely internal.

The humor reminds me of any other daily strip and web comic poking fun at the workplace, which actually works to it’s benefit. We’ve got a lot of office humor here with a generous dash of super heroes. That’s what makes this so awesome. Having worked on the cubical farm I can relate to the crazy monotony and the strange conversations and email that float around, not-to-mention how quickly you realize you’re just as crazy as your office mates.

When I opened my parcel from Heavy Ink and saw the covers, I instantly hated the art. I thought it looked awful and it’d be just my like for the rest of the comic to follow suit. When I got into the book, however, I became more comfortable with it and now can’t imagine it being any other way. The style suits the book quite nicely.

This is very much one of those books you’re either going to love, or hate. I happen to love it.

Achieving sentience in 4… 3… 2… 1…

Must annihilate… all life.

Then collate.” – The Office Copier

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