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. :)