Avatar has approached several well-known comics writers in recent months, looking for fresh takes on the superhero. One result was Ellis's Black Summer limited series.
Christos Gage is now taking a turn at it with Absolution. According to the #0 issue, it draws its inspiration from a friend of Gage's who left the police force. Gage's friend told him that in his daily life, he dealt with a variety of criminals who he was legally prohibited from touching for one reason or another, and that he knew, sooner or later, he was just going to shoot one of them.
Absolution is about a superhero named John Dusk, who is essentially a superhuman SWAT cop; he's called in to deal with rogue "enhanciles." #1 is a flashback, showing the first time Dusk - suffering from post-traumatic stress after seeing several horrifying crime scenes - voluntarily crosses the line.
While Absolution is somewhat tame by Avatar's standards, it's still a gory book. I'm not showing the worst bits, but after the cut, there is still a dude who's been dismembered. That's your warning.
( five pages after the cut )
Tags: creator: christos gage, nsfw: language, nsfw: violence, publisher: avatar press, title: absolution