Although their numbers are incredibly small, the world faces a growing threat in the form of extrahumans: people with superpowers, all of whom have gone criminally or clinically insane. All, that is, except for Jacob Roth. Jacob's world is turned upside down when he manifests his own extrahuman powers but, inexplicably, he doesn't lose his mind.
It's not long before Jake finds himself at odds with both the United States military's often-brutal anti-extrahuman unit and a growing force of extrahumans who are marshaling their incredible powers to strike back against humanity. A decorated war hero, Jake feels compelled to use his own powers to stem the escalating tide of violence.
Can Jake make a difference? Can he convince anyone that he isn't just another dangerously insane menace waiting to happen? Can he become the living embodiment of a fictional notion long since abandoned by a society trying to fight off a frightening evolutionary step? Can Jacob Roth become the first superhero?
“THE F1RST HERO” is a unique new take on the superhero mythos, written by Anthony and illustrated by Phillip Sevy with colours/letters by KT Smith and series covers by Lee Moder. The series debuts later this year from Action Lab Comics as part of their special "Return of the Hero" initiative.
Creators/Retailers comment on "The F1rst Hero":
"A really, really good high concept. It instantly offers a reader a character who we know will face tons of nasty challenges and a character who is unique in the world - always a good start."
- Ty Templeton: Writer, Batman Adventures
"I like the implicit sense of humour. I like the idea that [superhumans] are shunned. I like the dilemma."
- Mark Askwith: Senior Producer, Space Television
"Anthony Ruttgaizer has created a 'Mutant Registration Act' that actually makes sense."
- George Zotti: Owner, Silver Snail Comic Shops
"The premise sounds very interesting. I'm inclined to think it'll be a hit."
- Richard Pace: Penciller, New Warriors/Starman
"I thought [the preview] was great."
- Tony S. Daniel: Writer/Artist, Detective Comics/Action Comics
"[Sevy] is ready to go!"
-Francis Manapul: Writer/Artist, Flash
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