The Victories #1 is the first of a five issue series from Michael Avon Oeming, as you may have guessed from the title. The comic is set in a run down, rotten and corrupt city badly in need of saving. Enter The Victories, a band of superheroes out to right wrongs and save the world; aren’t they all. But, as ever, nothing is as simple as that.
The hero, of sorts, of issue one in the series is Faustus, your standard mask and cape vigilante who looks to be a cross between Batman and the devil. When a high-profile court judge is attacked, by half man half animal villain known as the Jackal while out on a nice horse and carriage ride in the park, Faustus intervenes and a massive scrap issues. And that’s about all there is to the first book. Well, not really.
The book focuses a lot more on the characters, mainly Faustus, humanising him by letting us in on the struggles he is facing with his identity and lifestyle. The comic also begins to blur the age-old lines between hero and villain that we have seen work so well in countless other comics, making for a very interesting ‘where is this going?’ for all the major characters. Well, the ones that don’t end up dead at least!
Even though this comic is quite a slow burner I strongly recommend you give this Dark Horse issue #1 a look as I think things are going to take some unexpected twists and turns in the not too distant future.
The Victories #1, with story and slightly confusing art by Michael Avon Oeming, is out on the 15th August.