I looked at Buzzard #1 in May last year. The idea of “Kingsman meets Deadpool” was the tagline summary of Andrea Wolf’s comic, even though I’d only seen a pre-release version.
I’m in a better position today. I’m ahead of the Kickstarter – which I expect for Wednesday 28th – and I’ve read issues 1 and 2. Do you know what? Deadpool Kingsman still fits.
Andrea is in the writer’s seat again, with Ezequiel Assis as the artist. It must be a tough time for both, Ezequiel is in Brazil and Wolf in Scotland, neither country is having an easy time with COVID-19. Creative arts are struggling to keep heads above water in both locations.
So, why the comparison? Well, Erik our would-be superhero is hardly an upstanding member of British society. He’s a thug. That’s the Kingsman connection. He doesn’t have Deadpool’s regeneration but he keeps the sass, and the story leans more heavily superhero than Kingsman does.
The Kickstarter for issue 2 launched today and with a humble goal of just £500. You can see progress at the campaign page.
There’s a concise recap of article 1 in that pitch video. We recount how Erik ends up as Buzzard, a bionic super-assassin. He botched just one mission, got his arms chopped off but thanks to boffins with dodgy ethics, gets alternative arms instead.
In today’s world of alternative facts, Buzzard gets alternative arms.
Issue two introduces a few more characters, and Erik’s little sister, Mattie, is perhaps the most significant. She seems to cope with the new sword-arms as well as could be expected.
Despite the Scottish origin, Buzzard is a comment on modern-day Britain. Buzzard actually drapes himself in the Union Jack. In this Britain, CEOs are vigilantes, and the super-rich establish Nazi cults and the everyday worker is too fed up to care.
It costs only £3 to get a PDF copy of Buzzard! 2. That’s 25 pages of all-new material. However, £4 will get you digital copies of both issues 1 and 2, and that’s the best tier to put your tie in the water on.
That said, it’s not that much more expensive to get a hard copy of the second issue (with PDF too). That’s £5.
At the time of writing, the most popular tier is £15, which brings both issues of Buzzard as paper copies and gets your name in the credits of the second.
It’s possible to go much higher, such as their £50 tier that puts you in the TarMat Assassins App or, alternatively, t-shirt and posters.
You can see more or back the project at Kickstarter today.
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