Helen Killer? Deaf-Blind Super-Agent?

I don’t know if this is going to amuse or anger the deaf community, so here goes nothing: there’s a new comic book limited series called Helen Killer, deaf-blind super professional assassin. Yes, you read it right. All about Helen Keller, the most famous deaf-blind woman in the past century, but in this completely fictionalized comic book series, she’s a 21 years old student at Harvard in 1901, and was given an unusual device that would allow her to “see” and “hear”, in addition in getting superhuman powers. Guess who made the device for her? Alexander Graham Bell. Yep. From Arcane Studios, Helen Killer by Andrew Kreisberg & Matthew JLD Rice.

Here’s the synopsis: In 1901, twenty-one year old college student Helen Keller, with the aid of a fantastical device invented by her friend and mentor, Alexander Graham Bell, regains her sight and hearing as well as near super-human strength and agility. Helen is enlisted by the Secret Service to protect President William McKinley who has been targeted for assassination by Anarchists. As a deeper conspiracy to destroy America unfolds around her, Helen discovers that her new abilities come with a dark and terrifying price! 28pgs, FC (1 of 4) SRP: $2.99

First issue came out few months ago and I was not aware of it at the time. Seem rather obscured to me the last time I went to a local comic book shop, given there were way too many comic titles on the stands and it’s quite easy to overlook it. The first title of “Helen” caught me and I checked it out. Flipping through the pages, my eyebrows raised and I said, “O-kaaee”. The art by Matthew JDL Rice really jumped out of the pages, fantastic skills and detailing. Saw some depictions of sign language but it seems limited in some respects and not so obvious. I was not in the buying mood, so I didn’t purchase no. 1 and no. 2 issues already published. Issue no. 3 and no. 4 editions to come later.

Andrew Kreisberg, the writer and creator of the series, has a very interesting concept to sell, with all the elements of historic intrigue, events and characters of the early 20th century. Alexander Graham Bell, the assassination of President William McKinley, the creation of the US Secret Services, Anne Sullivan, the Anarchists, and some kind of a sinister, evil conspiratorial force behind the plot to destroy the United States. Hey, that seems familiar to you, don’t you think?

Greg McElhatton has a nice, short critique about Helen Killer. If you’re eager and curious, go out and buy the issues, if you Deafies can put up with the concept of Helen “Killer” wearing a device, invented by AG Bell, that allow her to “see” and “hear” as well as given superpowers and works for the Secret Services. I do not know who are Andrew Kreisberg or Matthew JDL Rice and I don’t know if they are deaf/HOH or not. Wikipedia has an article on Kreisberg being a TV writer, so I don’t know if he’s the same guy or not.

Helen Killer, deaf-blind super-agent/assassin for the Secret Services. Wotta concept. :)

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6 Responses to “Helen Killer? Deaf-Blind Super-Agent?”

  1. aware Says:

    in real life, helen keller was a socialist and had an FBI file.

    you can read her file at http://foia.fbi.gov/keller_helen/keller_helen.pdf

    if you want to read her socialist writings, see
    http://www.marxistsfr.org/reference/archive/keller-helen/index.htm

    thanks for the info about the comic book.

  2. DeafLinda Says:

    Yes it is true. I am told she learned how to speak. I am not sure if she was oral. I know she used ASL. Thats all I know the information about Helen Keller.

    Linda :)

  3. David Says:

    I had no idea she was in an FBI file.
    I learn something everyday I suppose.
    Nice post as always,
    Thanks
    David

  4. RLM Says:

    You, Robert Underhill, done real great reporting to let us, deaf people know about the existence of new Helen Keller comic book series.

    I have a mixed feelings about some people within the creative field, get their artistic license with real-life historical figures for purpose of entertainment.

    I somewhat inquire the creator and publisher of this Keller comic books what they have in mind for re-inventing the Helen Keller persona storyline with AGB in it.

    Are those people trying to peddle the AGB ideology to the unsuspecting young people, ex. comic book readers or what?

    We have to find out whether the Keller comic book people and publisher have any kind of connection to the AGBAD or just a concidence.

    Helen Keller and AGB did meet in person several times. Keller’s FBI files are full of red herrings anyway without identifying the source or material.

    Many FBI files on celebrities were totally hogwash with FBI agents received from the so-called confidential sources.

    The socialist causes were pretty popular with average and working-class Americans, who were very concerned about the out of control captialists and fat cats, etc.

    IWW and other labor unions like the Knight of Order were often inflirated by all the government levels and company owners in name of captialism and free market.

    Helen Keller is an overrated historical figure in the American history anyway. What she really contributed to the American society beside her so-called disability. What really made Keller so famous for particular reason?

    I would be truly interesting to read the Hellen Keller comic books for my own eyes.

    Too many comic books nowaday are real worthless to read anyway. I still miss “Akria” Japanese magna comic books which will be made into the feature film with Lenoard DiCapri. The new Akria film setting will be in NYC, not Japan!

    I could not possibly find any mature-theme comic books in almost all comic book stores in DC area. No “Cherry” comics!
    I surely love to read Robert Crumbs’ comic books.

    Comic books nowaday are too predictable and bland as compared to the 70s and 80s.

    Movies and television shows with advanced special effects surely kill many comic books’ potentials to daze and amaze comic book readers of the “E” Generation. I would not blame them at all.

    Robert L. Mason (RLM)

  5. Under The Hill Says:

    RLM, please, no link to any porn-based comic content in my blog. Thank you.

  6. Addisalem Ali Says:

    am really My hero, I wish you all of things successful man.


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