Superhero comics are great, but not everyone is into powers and capes. Some of us want something different. There are a lot of comics out there that fit that need like “Sex Criminals” and “Naibiter.” Another one that maybe you haven’t heard of is “ASHES.”
“ASHES” is the story about a NY fire fighter, a real hero if you will, that’s injured on the job. The story follows Matt on his road to recovery which includes family issues, physical rehab, and rejoining the force. It’s a very emotional ride and you quickly become attached to the main character and his struggles. Unlike Superman, we probably all know someone who’s dealt with similar issues. Hell, maybe it’s you. What really brings everything together is the art. “ASHES” was created in black and white and I can’t imagine it being in color. It adds to the emotion and feel of the book. And it’s a book. It’s just over 100 pages and features this amazing cover:
Yes, it’s a self-contained book! You don’t need to run out and look for a bunch of single copies. The entire story is there in one collection. A piece of work that includes art like this:
“ASHES” was created by Mario Candelaria (writer) & Karl Slominski (artist) and was funded via Kickstarter. I backed it last year when they were raising the funds and I’m beyond glad I did. First, I was able to help a friend achieve something great. Second, I got a truly inspiring story out of it. Well, we all got a great story out of it! What’s that? You didn’t back it? And you want a copy? Well, Mario has a few copies leftover and is more than happy to sell you a copy for just $10! Just reach out to him via Twitter and he’ll be more than happy to set you up.
So, if you’re looking for a comic that’s a little different, maybe even more grounded, then this might be the book for you. Do you already have a copy of “ASHES?” If so, what do you think?