Mike Deodato Jr and J Michael Straczynski Birth a Beautiful New Superhero Universe!

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BY January 6, 2020

A few months back, Mike Deodato Jr announced that he was leaving Marvel after multiple decades, to work on independent comics. He left Marvel on a high note—his work on his last series, Savage Avengers, was beautiful. And now we know what the indie project is. Deodato is joining J Michael Straczynski to start a new superhero universe! In fact, they’re launching the new universe for Upshot, an imprint of the new indie publisher AWA.

The New Superhero Universe Begins With Resistance

Resistance, Deodato, Straczynski, New Universe, AWA, Upshot I tried that haircut once…wasn’t a good look for me. (Image: Straczynski and Deodato, The Resistance, AWA Upshot)

The Resistance, that is. In the upcoming mini-series launching the superhero universe, written by Straczynski with art from Deodato, a catastrophe leaves millions of people dead around the world. But that’s not all. Some humans start developing superpowers. But are they going to be Earth’s saviors or will they cause more death or destruction? Probably a healthy dose of both.

Other Creators are Joining Deodato and Straczynski’s New Universe

AWA Upshot, New Universe, Red Border, Archangel 8, Hotell Is that Punisher with wings? Because I’m there. (Images: AWA Upshot)

The Resistance isn’t the only series coming from Upshot. After all, you can’t have a shared universe without sharing. Joining Deodato and Straczynski for the new universe: Michael Moreci (w) and C.P Smith for Archangel 8; Jason Starr (w) and Will Conrad (a) for Red Border; and John Lees (w) and Dalibor Talajić for Hotell. All of the new series look great.

Deodato’s Art Preview Pages!

Thanks to Newsarama we have some of the interior pages, giving us a hint at what Deodato and Straczynski will deliver. Take a look:

AWA Upshot, Deodato, Resistance Fire and suicide? What a fun start! (Image: Straczynski and Deodato, The Resistance, AWA Upshot)


AWA Upshot, Deodato, Resistance, Straczynski, New Univers Ah, a sick child on page 2? Now it’s a party. (Image: Straczynski and Deodato, The Resistance, AWA Upshot)


AWA Upshot, Deodato, Resistance, Straczynski, New Univers There’s no fighting in the war room! (Image: Straczynski and Deodato, The Resistance, AWA Upshot)


AWA Upshot, Deodato, Resistance, Straczynski, New Univers Crowds of people reaching towards the sky always ends well. (Image: Straczynski and Deodato, The Resistance, AWA Upshot)


AWA Upshot, Deodato, Resistance, Straczynski, New Univers Well, that’s unsettling. (Image: Straczynski and Deodato, The Resistance, AWA Upshot)

And the image I can’t wait to see Frank Martin’s colors on:

AWA Upshot, Deodato, Resistance, Straczynski, New Univers Yeah, when can I buy this? (Image: Straczynski and Deodato, The Resistance, AWA Upshot)

The Resistance, along with Hotell, Archangel 8, and Red Border, comes out on March 18, 2020. So, will the Upshot Universe hit big like Valiant? We can only wait and find out, but with creators like Deodato and Straczynski building the new universe, it’s hard to imagine it not taking off.

(Featured Image: AWA Upshot)


Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.

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