Last week I offered up some overview and opinion on the first two issues of “The Misadventures Of Electrolyte and The Justice Purveyors” that I had gotten my hands on during the 2011 NY Comic Con. I now continue the process for this title with issues three and four.
Issue Three Overview: The issue begins with some righteous ass kicking as Electrolyte, Sparkler and the rest of The Justice Purveyors attempt to stop the villainess Cottonmouth who made her first appearance in the last few pages of issue #2. The new super-villain makes short work of all the heroes who felt that by amping up their fluids by drinking everything in Binge’s Bar would help them. Of course the battle also does find more of Electrolyte’s power coming into play and that is a good thing. His powers were drained back in issue #1 and it was there that we learned that Electrolyte is much more powerful than even he ever imagined. Cottonmouth gets away before being captured and the team encounters a destitute Mr. Perfect whose life has come crumbling down since the events of the first issue. We learn that there is a close association between this fallen hero and the new villain in town and with this information The Justice Purveyors do some hunting to bring her in once and for all. Of course it’s never easy to do something like this and the fighting commences once again and just when you think it’s all been cleared up and solved, our main villain from the first issue returns with reinforcements that will assist in his diabolical plan to steal Electrolyte’s growing powers. The new villain joining in to the fray is Super 8. Let’s see how they get out of this one in issue #4.
Thoughts: I enjoyed the fighting sequences because there was a lot of sarcastic banter through it all which never lets you forget that this was a comedy focused comic book but I will say that I didn’t like just how powerful the new villain was. Taking out one or two heroes I am fine with but being able to rumble with a whole bar of them (even though drunk) should have given her more pause. The backstory reveals about her were interesting enough but I will let you discover those on your own. The artwork remains solid and the storyline moves quickly and offers up a lot of puns. One of my favorite parts of this particular tale was when Electrolyte lined out about a dozen “clever comebacks” to the villain and when put together in a single area make you laugh at just how cheesy that stuff can sound. Nice work.
Issue Four Overview: We last saw Electrolyte being kidnapped by the forces of Wales and being returned to his villainous corporate citadel after a brief battle with the multiple villain Super 8. It’s hear that we learn that the new plan is for Electrolyte to be cloned and all his powers absorbed by Wales who is once again wearing the hero’s costume. Super 8 lines out his abilities and how they work which gives the hero a look at the potential Achilles heel if he is paying attention but before the entire plot can unfold The Purple Claw returns and saves Electrolyte from harm. The regular Justice Purveyors had their book club meeting and did not come to his aid because they were warned not to miss a night. Pretty funny. Of course Electrolyte is cloned but they are reject models and have powers that are not much use when it comes down to it. As the story progresses the villainous Wales seems to get the upper hand before a union of The Justice Purveyors and The Perfect 4 (now led by a once again confident Mr. Perfect) help to save the day. Overall the tale ends on a high note and finds Electrolyte feeling very heroic, useful and aiming for a bright future.
Thoughts: There was a lot going on in this one and you had to take your time reading it to absorb it all. I didn’t mind this because it was a continually fun read. The new villain was interesting and our hero’s actions well…..heroic; I enjoyed finding the once competing teams working together for the common good of Megalopolis and think should these tales continue that we will see a lot more interaction like this. Clearly The Perfect 4 are much more “real heroes” than Electrolyte’s bunch but that is where it becomes comedy. Through it all you root for the good guys and sit back grumbling how our corporate villain sucks eggs. I think that is just what the creative team was aiming at. There were no ads in the issue that was penned by Patrick Reilly with art by Renato Mapa Jr.
Closing up I will say that there is some promise to the characters and perhaps something that will even fly on Adult Swim and the Cartoon Network. The fourth issue came out in November of 2011 and I don’t see any additional ones at the point of this blog posting but I am sure that it is not easy to keep a hero like Electrolyte down. One has to also take into consideration the high cost of printing something that is a self-published for all intents and purposes. This is like being in an unsigned band where all the cash comes from your own accounts with little help from the outside. At the end of the day this amounts to a fun project that has some good potential. Now I guess all we need to find happening is the right people jumping on board and lending some support. Good luck to Patrick Reilly and his creative team on keeping “The Misadventures Of Electrolyte and The Justice Purveyors” going strong into the future.
Official Website: http://www.thejusticepurveyors.com/
PS: Here’s a closing bonus for you once again. It would be wrong of me to let the previous post have one and not this one right? This is a shot of Electrolyte’s creator Patrick Reilly from the NY Comic Con from 2011. As you can see he is showcasing a talking action figure of Electrolyte along with the issues of the comic book.