It’s the ultimate indie book, this Awesoman comic. Created, written and drawn by Wylder Tomlinson, Awesoman is now at issue #4. 

It’s Los Angeles in 2039. Robots and police surveillance are everywhere, creating a repressive environment. Our “trepid” hero, Guy Everyman, a hard-working taco shop employee, heads home for an evening of hologaming. However, a random stray meteor strikes Guy, transforming him into Awesoman!! 

It’s not the most auspicious beginning for a hero, but that’s just the start of the mayhem. Awesoman soon finds himself fighting a street gang, until the long arm of the law catches up to torture him. Eventually frees, Awesoman will need to battle Ameritron, an enormous flying robot in the shape of a metallic eagle!! Holy propaganda machines!!

The situations and dialogue are priceless. Wylder manages to blend a wicked view of the future with the flawed existence of Awesoman. The words are foul, everyone swears and is morally compromised and witty. And just when you think Awesoman will finally emerge as the celebrated victor against a foe, the story turns on its axis and scampers off into another astonishing direction.

Awesoman #4, the newest issue, actually has the moxy to wander its storyline completely away from the principal character and introduces an equally compelling new personality, Rebel Rabbit. Rebel wreaks havoc on a big corporation, but for good reasons. Will she be taken down in mid-hop??

I’m recommending this title, because I am completely impressed with how Tomlinson writes all this pellmell madcap adventure, and then draws this black-and-white book in a thin lined immensely detailed style. The word balloons are tilted and swiveled all over the place, the text is at different sizes, but that’s part of the garage band magic. Awesoman is still highly readable, and absolutely unpredictable; an unusual tour-de-force in today’s comic world.

I’ve said a lot here, but still haven’t done the title true justice. Please do yourself a favour, check out Awesoman from the very first issue. It’s available online from Global Comix as a read-for-free title, downloadable for only $2.99.

Omnis Comics, Awesoman #1-#4, $2.99 for each issue, page counts range from 24 – 30. Colour cover, black and white interiors.

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!