Captain Canuck Season 3, Issue 1
Written by Kalman Andrasofszky
Layouts and Finishes by Leonard Kirk and Emmanuelle Chateauneuf
Cover Art by John Gallagher
Chapterhouse Comics, Canada’s largest comic company, has brought back iconic Captain Canuck through a newly-released comic line after a crowd-funded web series showed potential for the relatively unknown superhero. As a comic book fan, with woefully little exposure to this hero, I dived right into this issue feeling a little lost but interested in seeing where this is going. Kalman Andrasofszky is one of those talented writers that can reel you in by not revealing all the cards up his sleeve and keep the plot moving, trusting his reader will pick up on the clues peppered throughout the story.
What You Need to Know: Captain Canuck was first published back in 1975 and was one of the first successful comic characters in Canadian history. As with most indie comics and in particular with Canadian-based comics, his publication history has been sporadic since his debut. With hopes to create their own shared universe by digging up lost relics of indie comic history, Captain Canuck was reborn under creator and writer Kalman Andrasofszky and drawn to life by Leonard Kirk and Emmanuelle Chateauneuf.
This new series, told through present day disasters and periodic flashbacks, throws readers headfirst in what appears to be a human-meets-aliens clash with Captain Canuck planted firmly on the sidelines by his own choice.
While there’s been differing people behind the mask of Captain Canuck, the hero in this comic is the original Captain, Tom Evans, who seems to have severed his relationships with other heroes and government agencies who have aspiring political agendas but do little to realistically drive change. Through flashbacks, you get to understand how he gained his powers. In the original comics, it was exposure to extraterrestrials that gave him super strength (amongst other things I am not aware of, with the little history I share with the character) and in this retelling, the reader is shown that his dad discovered the extraterrestrials, though how Tom eventually became exposed has yet to be revealed.
What Just Happened: Captain Canuck is in self-imposed exile, helping a group called The Band or The People, which seem to be a branch of the Cree Indians. When agents of the government group he previously worked for come calling to seek his help in destroying an alien that is terrorizing Toronto, he is quick to advise them he’s not in the mood to join up with them once more. The reader is led to believe there was some mass event that took place in the past to cause this rift, which one can assume will be revealed with time (or in another issue). Turned down, the government agents do their best to take on the alien alone, which leads to dangerous risks the team is not prepared for.
Will Captain Canuck join in the fray or leave these superheroes to their fate? We will see in coming issues.
Final Rating: 8.5/10
Final Thoughts: Good pacing, surprisingly interesting storyline with flawed characters with dark pasts. This reviewer’s only suggestion would be if the issue events referred to past issues, some editorial footnotes would help new readers grasp the significance of what’s occurring.