The Hypernaturals is another excellent super-hero alternative from the maniacal brains at Boom! Studios. Coming on the heels of successes with Mark Waid’s Incorruptible and Irredeemable as well as Extermination and other super-powered titles, writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning adventure into previously unexplored territory with The Hypernaturals. The team named for the title serves as protectors of a future Earth set in a somewhat utopian and dystopian Earth of science fiction complexity. These protectors with often new and sometimes reminiscent powers “trip” to distant places to defend civilisation.
When the current team of Hypernaturals goes missing, previous members must come out of retirement and find new recruits willing to risk their lives to protect the universe and hopefully find those lost heroes. The Hypernaturals explores some interesting territory when talking about the existence before and after a character spends a portion of their lives, risking their lives to protect the lives of others. Abnett and Lanning tap the contemporary concerns of post-traumatic stress as well as immaturity and professionalism as they force multiple generations of super-powered beings to work alongside each other.
Abnett and Lanning also bring up interesting subjects in The Hypernaturals when they start to explore what existence might really be like if humans with godlike abilities really did exist. These characters might live as gods in the public eye, they might not all be righteous, there might be incredible advances in everyday technology and there might be the need for prisons previously unimagined. Oh, and the villains that these heroes face might have to be comparably monstrous in both action as well as ability – it might be a science fiction world of wonder, imagination and unforeseen extremes – pretty much what The Hypernaturals is.