The first original graphic novel from Chimera's Comics about a Chicago superhero's journey before and after a disaster that changes the world forever. The world once knew Adam as a hero called "the Magnificent." Now, in the wake of an Earth-shattering cataclysm, a group of mercenaries has captured the young hero. After years of torture and experiments teach Adam his true strength, will he take his revenge - or will he choose to be a hero one last time? This Ashcan Edition features 12 pages from the graphic novel, plus character dossiers and art from special guest Art Baltazaar. "Magnificent" is available as hardcover, digital comic, and novelization.
After Carmelo crash-landed on Earth, he grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He co-founded Chimera’s Comics before graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. Over the last two years, he's raised over $90K on Kickstarter, including funding his first graphic novel "Magnificent." When he’s not practicing law, running his business, or writing, Carmelo likes to make custom action figures and travel the world. It's not clear if he ever sleeps.
"Carmelo Chimera and Steven Brown’s The Magnificent is a refreshing read for superhero fans. The story revolves around an endearing young protagonist struggling to be a hero in a decidedly grim reality. However, what sets this tale apart from the usual fare of modern superhero deconstruction is it’s decidedly optimistic themes. The story knows that what makes superheroes special is their heroism and resists the temptation to tear down heroic ideals. The Magnificent stares cynicism in the eyes, challenges it, and reminds readers why kids want to grow up to be superheroes in the first place.
The characters feel real and relateable. The pencils and inks from Brown and Dani Romero ooze with mood and emotion. As a Chicago fanboy, I was especially captivated by a breathtaking splash panel of a super-villain showdown in Uptown. The Magnificent blends the groundedness of early Ultimate Marvel with the boldness and confidence of a great uplifting tale like Joe Kelley’s “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” A great read that gives readers plenty to think about long after they’ve set the book down." - Kevin M. Folliard ("Christmas Terror Tales")