Feedback on Feedback -
with special guest columnist Chris Wolvie
It was a year in the making, but Dark Horse Comics
FINALLY decided to let those who were holding out for a
superhero exhale again. On July 4, the "Feedback" comic
book was released!
Who's "Feedback", you ask?
I don't blame you if you don't know; it HAS been a
while. But "Feedback" is the superhero alter-ego of
34-year-old software engineer Matthew Atherton and, last
September, comic uber-legend Stan Lee named "Feedback"
as the "next great superhero" after Matthew won the
Sci-Fi Channel's reality series "Who Wants To Be a
Originally slated to be shipped that month, the comic
was pushed back several times and, then, actually pushed
FORWARD from THIS September until now. Just before the
second season of "Superhero" hit the expanded cable
airwaves, the 40-page comic book - under the name of
"Who Wants To Be a Superhero? #1" - was released.
(OK, if you're an avid fan of comics or "Feedback" in
general and you have yet to get the comic yourself, you
may want to stop right here. There ARE a few spoilers in
the next paragraph... so if you are one of the people
who screamed at people about them talking about the last
chapter of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", don't
bother reading the next paragraph, mmmkay?)
The story - written by Stan the Man himself - is an
origin story to the core. Matt, a skilled electronics
repairman and aficionado of comics and video games
(which he used to fill a void when his father passed
away when he was a kid), gets an offer from a
"Ironside" to fix the electronics on the ultimate
armored car. As soon as the job is finished, Matt learns
that "Ironside" is actually "Eliminator", the deadliest
terrorist around. Matt gets beaten up severely and then
gets struck by lightning. As Eliminator leaves, Matt
comes to...only to find that the energy from the bolt
now coursed through his body, courtesy of the joystick
he was holding. He had long dreamed of being a
superhero...and now he realized he WAS one. He was able
to go after Eliminator, thwart his plan to blow up the
nuclear power plant in the city...and then spend some
quality time with the girl of his dreams.
(The spoilers are over, guys...you can come back in the
OK, first the pros. I liked the way Stan incorporated
Matt's own life into the storyline. Yes, Matt's father
died when he was young and he turned to comics and video
games to fill the void. And, yes, Matt has a "girl of
his dreams" who actually HELPED create the "Feedback"
character. It's also interesting that Feedback's first
heroic deed had nothing to do with his powers; just like
in one of the challenges in the series, he stopped his
primary task to bring a lost little girl to her mother.
It proves that Feedback is more than just a guy living
as a human generator; he was full of class and never
fails to help people in need, despite how hurried he
The cons? Well, for one thing, electrical pulses and the
Magneto-esque manipulation of electronic equipment
aren't Feedback's only powers. One power I was very
interested in was his ability to emulate video games and
using the powers in said games to thwart evil. No such
luck there; all we saw about that was the child Matt
playing an arcade game and then an adult Matt fixing one
and showing some punks how well HE could play. He wasn't
anywhere NEAR a game after he got his powers.
And that's another thing; Stan changed the origin a fair
deal from Matt's own story about Feedback. In Matt's
version, while he was working on a bio-organic computer
system using organic computing, he was caught in a large
explosion that bombards his body with hi-tech
cellular shrapnel (read "nanobots"). Of course, that
doesn't explain about the "emulation" powers; at least
being hit by lightning while holding an Atari 2600
controller is a viable explanation.
Somehow, I doubt this may turn into a monthly deal with
Dark Horse. I was hoping for a four-part limited series
myself, maybe including "Dark Enforcer", the
super-villain of the first season of "Superhero". But,
on the other hand, Matt has gained a BIT of popularity
with his character. He was even at the San Diego
Comic-Con, talking about the second season. And, even if
it IS just one issue, he IS immortalized now in the Dark
Comics pantheon of heroes.
We can only hope Feedback's Sci-Fi Original Movie is
decent. I know the movies they concoct aren't exactly
Oscar material... but they ain't Golden Raspberry
material either. If Matt acts well enough and if they
stick to the true origin, then the movie (whenever it
comes out) should
live up to the high standards of comic-book guys
Most Negative. Feedback. EVER!
Now for some feedback on three more pricing games in the
Pocket Change - No two numbers are close to each other.
I.e. if the second number is low, then the third number
is high, etc. The last number is 5 or 0.
Poker Game - If you have two pair or worse, get rid of
it. Three of a kind or better wins this game. A Full
House or 4 of a kind is an automatic keeper.
Punch-a-Bunch - If you are stuck with this game, pick
from the first 2 rows. It's much easier to keep the
money up there, so the lower values are usually at the
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