Most comic fans have wished for superpowers at one point or another, but what if you actually received them and they only made life harder? This is the idea behind writer Jacques Nyemb and artist Joe Hunter’s Not So Super.
Daniel Douglas is a thirty-something bachelor with a job that he’s grown to hate and life that is ultimately pretty unfulfilling. Unexpectedly, he wakes up one day to find out that things are a bit different. He no longer needs to his glasses to see properly. And then during a meeting he finds that he has x-ray vision. As his powers appear and disappear, Daniel’s life only becomes more and more difficult.
Jacques Nyemb has an interesting idea with Not So Super. Most comic fans and just people in general have wished for a superpower at one point or another, and Nyemb gives Daniel those powers, only to have them make things more difficult. It’s an interesting look at how inconvenient many of these powers would be when you’re a regular guy with a 9-5 job. The dialogue and narration is down well, seeming authentically to be a real conversation or Daniel’s personal thoughts, as the case may be. Daniel is infinitely relatable as someone who has a lame job and a rather uneventful life, and this makes his journey just a bit more enjoyable to the reader. The only real negative that I could see was the pacing seemed to be a bit quick, but as this is meant to be part of a larger story, it may fit better with the story as a whole.
Joe Hunter’s art is well-suited for the story. Hunter has a style that has hints of manga and cartooning influences, which just seems to fit this story so well. The wide range of expressions he’s able to give the characters, while sometimes seemingly over the top, helps to really sell the conversations and little scenes of character actions within the book. Joe’s attention to small details, like putting cracks in the sidewalks or adding humorous touches like “creeper” on a creepy coworker’s mug. All in all, Hunter’s art adds to the overall richness of the book and makes the story just that much better.
Not So Super is well worth a read. Nyemb and Hunter are currently selling digital copies of the book on Gumroad using the “pay what you want” model. All funds made from these sales are going towards production of the graphic novel continuing this story. So, pick up a copy and support the production of even more of this story about Daniel and his superpowered difficulties.