WRITER KRISTIAN HERRERA |ARTIST RICK ALVES | LETTERER TOBEN RACICOT
Sidekick for hire is about a broke college kid named Leo. In order to pay his tuition, he found a job in one of the most lucrative industries in his city. Heroism. Well, Sidekickism. Leo posts work-for-hire ads on the internet where a surplus of heroes hires him for his well-paying “internship”. It might be work, but Leo can’t help but enjoy himself while being a vigilante. The question is, can he handle this dangerous profession?
I was ready for this story as soon as I saw the cover for issue one. It made me laugh right away and I was hoping the story would keep that tone throughout the book. It exceeded my expectation when I finished issue two and felt there was more humor in that one. It would have never been able to do this if the protagonist of the story was not a sidekick. Most of the time when superhero stories are meant to be funny, they turn out really cheesy even if they succeed. I didn’t find this cheesy at all. The humor was sprinkled in nicely with dialogue and illustrations.
The plot was solid as well. Herrera does a nice job of building the story out in the first two issues. I read issue one and then read issue two the next day. But that night after issue one… I was thinking about it. I wanted to know where the story was going. Issue two ends in a similar fashion and I’m ready for issue three.
I liked both covers. They both gave me a reason to smile. I will say that I was skeptical at first with issue two’s cover. I thought the hero looked silly. But as soon as I met that hero in the story, I was more than okay with it. Alves art complimented the storytelling well and there were subtleties in both issues that I found hilarious.
The dialogue told the story well, but Leo is the only character the reader gets to know. Leo has a couple of friends but so far, they only fill a place in the story. One is his best friend and classmate Jamie, and the only person Leo has talked about his crime-fighting with. It’s pretty casual talk. Considering people die, I feel like there should have been a little more emotion in these conversations. Instead, it’s pretty surface-level dialogue and nothing to get me interested in characters like Jamie. It could be because the story is light-hearted and humorous. It could be because Leo isn’t paying attention to anyone else either, but I do see more potential here. However, we meet Nightwolf in issue two and I’m confident we’ll get to know this hero. I’m excited about it, Nightwolf seems like a blast of a character.
Two things that did bug me about the dialogue were about how Leo gets paid. Apparently, he only gets paid something like $500 a week. That’s just not enough nowadays. I wanted a grander number. Secondly, Nightwolf said Leo would get paid via a check. Seems like if you were going to try and keep a secret identity you wouldn’t want to do that unless in issue three we find out there’s a Nightwolf LLC.
This could totally be possible by the way. Hero’s seemed common in the world, but we don’t know much about how society and the law treat them.
I found grammar errors in both issues. Nothing that took away from my enjoyment of the story, but I did notice them.
The lettering in the majority of the story is very well done and easy to read and follow along with. There were just a few panels that weren’t clear to me at first and they took me an extra second to understand.
All this being said the story was told well and I believe it accomplished its goal in the first two issues. As of now, there are plenty of areas for growth within a few characters, and the story that I am excited to see. Issue two leaves a cliff hanger that should help develop the city lives in as well. I’m confident this team has something fun planned for issue three and I am excited to see where it goes from here.