-- Alec, reflecting on the new Ultraverse
Firearm, a now-defunct comic book series, published by Malibu, featured ALEC SWAN, a former British Special Boat Service member and spy. A voracious reader, it's his love of the work of Chandler and Hammett that leads Swan to move Stateside and set up his own private detective agency in Pasadena, California. Alas, things are never that simple.
The whole concept of Malibu's comic book universe (dubbed the "Ultraverse") was that certain random people on earth were suddenly endowed with powers and the various titles revolve around how they dealt with them. Alec isn't one of those "ultras", yet it seems he can't avoid them. No matter what case he's on, it seems that somehow he keeps running into these freaks.
A nice mix of genres, as the hardboiled P.I. bumps up constantly with the superhero andspandex brigade. And despite all the over-the-top punchouts and the like, Swan manages to find time to spout some Chanderlesqe witticisms, and occasionally wax nostalgic about how the Los Angeles of Chandler is not the Los Angeles he knows.
Creator Robinson, who's since gone on to write the excellent Starman series and the entertaining Vigilante miniseries for DC/Vertigo, has a real love for the hard-boiled genre and the old pulp and comic book heroes, and it shows in his attention to detail, his sly winks and tips of the hat to the pulp heroes who've preceded him.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, and thanks to Chris Gumprich for the heads-up.
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