I pray all is well. When I interviewed Chris Dickens back in January about his comic Vigilante Project (VP): Guitar Hero, I was anticipating its release due to the premise as well as the promo art I had seen. It finally arrived in March, and it definitely delivered. It revolves around Alvin, who after experiencing an unimaginable event and not receiving much help from local law enforcement, decides to take matters into his own hands. Real quickly, here are two things I really enjoyed the first issue, and why I think VP has a lot of potential and staying power:
(1) You’re made to care about the main character right away. From the opening scene, you get a good sense of who Alvin is (or at least was), and the role his experiences have played in who he’s become. The connection to the character gets stronger/better as the story progresses, and by the end of the issue, you feel like you know Alvin, and are invested in how things turn out for him.
(2) The protagonist is a African American who is in a strong and believable role. I’m personally not someone who focuses on race, but I must say that having an African American protagonist in a comic that has me nod my head instead of shake my head is a breath of fresh air.
(3) It encourages you to think about what you would do in Alvin’s situation. The issue does a great job of demonstrating just how much Alvin’s thoughts about vengeance affected him, from his day-to-day actions and relationships with others, to re-thinking his purpose in life. Furthermore, VP encourages us to think about what we would do if we were in Alvin’s shoes.
All in all, I was extremely pleased with Vigilante Project (VP): Guitar Hero, and I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for Alvin. If you’ve read it, what do you think? Until next time, take care.