ONENATION could easily be passed off as just another Superman rip off – even something as simple and potentially insulting as just a Black Superman story. The origin of the main character, Deacon is essentially that of Superman but it takes the archetype in a different and maybe even more interesting direction with the help of a potentially very tragic setting, the 1991 war in Kuwait, Desert Storm. It’s these details, new and inventive, among others that puts ONENATION on my list of comics that exemplify, “Where mainstream comics should be today.”
The writing and art of ONENATION are as good in a mainstream kind of way as anything that The Big 2 are publishing today. The only reasons I can think that neither of The Big 2 haven’t grabbed this title right up is that it is not part of their existing character licensing monopolies and that its themes are too edgy for their generally plain-flavored character licensing maintenance. If you’re looking for a top-notch, just as good if not better replacement for one of your regular titles published by The Big Two, give ONENATION a try.
Like I said, ONENATION definitely has a lot in common with Superman. But it builds on the shoulders of the archetype, taking the mythos somewhere new, to a place Superman may never have himself gone. The titles reminds me of the relatively recent, brilliant work in Supreme Power by J. Michael Straczynski. Deacon, the main character is modern and full of rage, taking on the responsibility of his super-human abilities for what may be all the wrong reasons, causing massive destruction to his enemies while saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. Deacon and his world are complicated and interesting and if I was still reading any of The Big 2 books regularly, I’d drop at least one of them for ONENATION.