Interceptor mixes Arthurian legends with modern-day super heroics, in the expanding universe of Unstoppable Comics. The superhero known as Interceptor first appeared in Stormchasers #5, as part of a new group of heroes that was introduced in that issue. While his look had grabbed people’s interest, they immediately drew comparisons to another shield-slinging comicbook avenger. It was not until Unstoppable Origins #1 that readers learn that his shield was actually tied to the mystical Arthurian sword, Excalibur. This layer of dimension to Interceptor is explored in this issue, as well as some of the secrets to his shield.
The Stormchasers was the first comic book to be produced by Unstoppable Comics. It is the company’s flagship title, and it is a team book similar to The Avengers or Justice League of America, but more importantly it is the centerpiece of everything that happens in the Unstoppable Comics Universe. It is within the pages of the Stormchasers readers learn of the EVOs that defend the Earth. EVOs is a term for those in humanity that have taken the next step in evolution. Some EVOs have gained their gifts by accident (science, birth, or magic — like Interceptor). Unfortunately, some of those that have taken the next step in evolution, are viewed by the general population as being cursed, while others feel that they are blessed. Still there are those that use their gifts for sinister purposes, and then there are The Stormchasers; who are EVOs that have chosen to use their gifts to defend the world from those that wish to use their powers to destroy it.
Unstoppable Comics is a small comic book production company based in New York. Their comics are about modern-day heroes that wear capes and costumes, and exist in a shared universe. They tell us that they are not trying to reinvent the wheel, but simply want to tell interesting stories from a new perspective. The company doesn’t have the big budget that most companies have, so they are choosing to creatively introduce the characters of their shared universe within the pages of Stormchasers. Each story arc brings with it new characters, and those that gain interest get a spotlight in the Unstoppable Origins series, or get their own title such as Dragonstorm. The publishers tell us that they want to make the characters under the masks look like the people we grew up with, and treat them with dignity. For the past couple of years the publishers tell us that they have been hitting conventions up and down the East Coast from Boston to Puerto Rico and back, and in that time adding to their catalog of titles.
The creative team on Interceptor #1, consists of Brandon Easton (writer), Russ Leach (illustrator), Michael Summers (colorist) and JayDee Rosario (letterer). Brandon is a screen writer who has worked on animated series such as Thundercats and Tranfromers: Rescuebots. He is also an accomplished comic scribe who has been working on titles like Watson and Holmes and Armarauders. He is also a 2014 Eisner Award nominee. Russ has been with Unstoppable for a while now having illustrated issues #5 thru 7 of Stormchasers, along with other Unstoppable titles. Michael has been with Unstoppable almost from the beginning. He has colored virtually every issue from Unstoppable Comics. JayDee is the publisher of Unstoppable as well as the letterer, and has lettered every issue since the Stormchasers #2.
The budget breakdown for Interceptor #1 is pretty simple. All the artwork, coloring, and lettering is done for Interceptor #1, all they are looking for is funding to print the comic. So all of the money that is raised will go to printing and shipping with the exception of the fees that are taken by Kickstarter and Amazon. Once the money has changed hands the comic will be sent to the printer. Two weeks from that point (barring any problems) they should receive the books and ship them out. So expect to see the comics in your home within 3-4 weeks after the end of this Kickstarter campaign.
This project will be funded on Friday, December 19, 2014.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comic books for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comic book articles and reviews.