Review: Super Human Resources Vol. 1
Have you ever wondered how Superheroes make a living if they are someone like Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. Yes some have regular jobs but more times than not they have to use secret identities at work. I don’t know about you but I’m sure many of these heroes wish they could just do the hero thing all day long. Imagine a company that help Superheroes make a living while focusing all their time on saving the rest of us.
This is exactly the type of world the heroes of Super Human Resources live in. They have salaries, health insurance and even 401K’s. It’s a pretty sweet gig. Yet how does this all get accomplished and put into place. Enter Tim the Temp, he’s the guy we follow in this comic. We are introduced to him as someone sent by a temp agency to help out the Human Resources Department at Super Crises International. We quickly learn that SCI is not our regular run of the mill company.
As the story develops we are introduced to the ensemble cast. I won’t go into too much detail because you need to experience these characters for yourself. Some notable one’s are Ironclad, who actually went to the future to find out that his 401K is not where he wants it to be so he proceeds to file the proper paperwork to fix this. Manboto, who tends to sexually harass his coworkers in what is a very amusing way. Zeus, the God of Thunder and trust me he makes sure you know it. Stalwart, the hero that seems to be the go to guy and last but not least, Wombat. I love wombat because he is basically the parts of Batman everyone should really question.
I really liked Super Human Resources Volume 1 because it’s focus is on Tim the Temp and how his journey to become a full time employee introduces us to this world seamlessly. Since this is a spoiler free review I won’t go into the details of the story. What I will do is give you an idea of what to expect. This is not your typical superhero story, this is a story about an ordinary guy working for a company the happens to have superheroes. It plays on the tropes you would find in those stories, makes them funny and at times, endearing. There is a lot to love about Super Human Resources, though one of my favorite side stories has to deal with the evil copy machine. You are going to have to read it to find out what I am talking about. WORTH IT!!!!
I am really critical when it comes to art only because I am an artist myself. I will be completely honest, I was not a fan at first. I am not the type of person to prefer a certain style, it just need to lend itself to the story. The art at first seemed a bit stiff. As the story progress, you can tell that the artist starts to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t.
Once this happens the characters come to life. There is so much more energy and emotion on the page. I enjoyed seeing the development of it all. In the end I was a fan of what was accomplished artistically. The art itself is cartoony and fits the story quite well.
I did like the pinups between issues. I would love some of them as prints. My only criticism of this was the layout of the collected volume. It looks like the pinups were put at the end of the issues when they were released separately. This remains the same so after every chapter there are 4-5 random pinups. In the collected volume I would have prefered them all at the end as to not interrupt the story.
Reading a book like Super Human Resources brings a smile to my face. I like seeing something I am very familiar with, like Superheroes, and having it turned on it’s head. Taking the idea of working in Human Resources and making it an adventure. Not only is it fun, it is also funny. This comic is a must read. Another hit from Action Lab Comics.
I give it a 4 out of 5 Lucha Masks.