Apparently undaunted by the dismal showing of The Crackdown, Vox Day and the Red Pills at Arkhaven have released the second issue of their much ballyhooed 'Alt-Hero' comics:
Just in time for Independence Day, we get a superheroine who's a Neo-Confederate. Already, this one's off to a bad start.
Like its predecessor, the plot is hard to follow, but here's our best stab at it: a frat-boy who's become an Alpha Superman is denounced by an Antifa leader whom he beat up. This fellow not only beats up his political opponents, he's being chased by a bunch of guys in blue helmets (Blue Pill, get it?) because they object to his hobby of hunting undocumented immigrants. The Blue Pills meanwhile take the Dixie Chick prisoner; because, in this 'alt-world' the UN has prohibited superwomen and Alpha-Boys from co-mingling.
Seriously, this is the kind of thing that the Alt-RINOs think will overthrow Marvel and DC and return American comics to their glory years. What these guys seem to overlook is the fact that if one wishes to accomplish these things, one actually has to produce a better product. Vox and his disciples claim to be 'rescuing' comics from the so-called 'SJW convergence' of the mainstream comics and the bad examples they set, unlike Arkhaven's stuff. Which for example, doesn't send subtle homosexual messages:
And, though Vox' echo-chambers applaud the anti-Feminism in Alt-Hero, nobody seems to notice that the first two issues center completely on dominant women.
That aside, the artwork isn't much better than the first issue. The storyline is even less comprehensible. Vox is trying desperately to pretend that the Leftists allegedly controlling the industry are responsible for Alt-Hero's poor showing in terms of sales, promotion, and readership. It has nothing to do with politics. The fact is that, frankly, Arkhaven's productions suck.
One particular shortcoming is that the dialogue is so sparse as to make the stories unintelligible. Let's compare a typical sample from the era that Vox claims to be imitating:
And note that there are words in nearly every frame. This technique is called pacing. Comic books don't tend to be very long; and part of their appeal is making a coherent story. Compare the above specimen with one from Rebel's Cell:
And did anybody else notice that the pictures of the car look like they were cut and pasted from old Ford ads?
If the Red Pills were still capable of feeling shame, they'd slink away from this one. But we suppose there'll be a number #3 on the way...