Con Artist Entertainment brings us its newest project, a comicbook series entitled Project: Overwatch which is a politically-driven superhero drama, in which a team of teen-aged super-powered heroes discover that their superhero mentors are plotting to overthrow the government. The story takes place on an alternate earth where that world’s tech has evolved at a far faster rate than in has on our world. In the years since the dawning days of gene enhancing (gengeneering — which began during World War II, when the world’s first superhero, the alien known as Paragon, crash-landed on the planet) has become the norm. Back then his alliance with the United States led to the discovery and invention of the nuclear gene, or “Nu-gene.”
That team of scientists, who harnessed the alien organisms from Paragon’s ship, were led by a brilliant, young geneticist named Stewart Manhate. Dr. Manhate’s breakthroughs with gene manipulation prompted the United States’ military to fund a top-secret project known as “The Paragon Protocol.” Its primary mission was to create genetically-modified soldiers to ensure victory against the Axis Powers. It was during those formative days that Dr. Manhate began applying Nu-gene patterns — or specific power sets — to human test subjects.
Although imperfect, the first Nu-gene serum was used on a team of elite soldiers from around the globe. This group consisted of: Miracle (Manhate’s own protege, Dr. David Moore), Paragon, American Patriot, Chimera, Britain Bombshell, and Onestar. These heroes were tasked with a mission to eliminate the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler. Operation: Overstrike, as it was known, proved to be a success. (The Fuhrer is entombed in Austria. The site is now a major tourist attraction). One week later, the war was won. The name Overstrike stuck, and the team continued to conduct operations for nearly two more decades.
During that time, the major countries of Asia, Europe, and North America formed super nations — New Asia, The European Commonwealth, and The United Americas, respectively. The big three formed treaties in an attempt to keep world peace, while many of the countries outside of the super nations fell into chaos and economic ruin. Resistance movements rose up in several of these minor nations. In 1964, a battle between Overstrike, now led by Miracle, and a rebel army in South America sparked a third World War.
The U.A. government, in an effort to gain support for the war effort from the disillusioned public, actually dropped several hydrogen bombs on their own western shoreline. Miracle publicly accused the military of this, and renounced his citizenship. The U.A. responded by accusing Miracle of treason acting as a sleeper cell for the resistance. Dr. Moore disappeared that day, and has never been seen since. Shortly thereafter, Overstrike was disbanded, and two years later, Paragon also disappeared. By the 1970s, Paradyne City had risen from the ashes of what was once San Francisco.
By the 1980s, a one-world government had become a reality. The world was now completely blanketed by wireless Internet, with personal computers and smartphones already a norm. Stewart Manhate had perfected the Nu-gene, and was about to see his life’s work finally come to fruition. In 1982, The United Americas officially introduced a new global police force, codenamed, Overwatch. The announcement was broadcast to millions around the world. Within hours, the team — consisting of: Sentinel, Valance, Athena, Mechanicus, and Charlatan — began taking out terrorist cells, resistance groups, and rogue “heroes.” Before long, the team was considered major celebrities, appearing on television, at ceremonial events, even getting endorsement deals.
In 1986, during a very destructive battle in the streets of Manhattan, Overwatch was assisted by Paragon, who returned looking as young as he did the day he disappeared. Unbeknownst to the general public, this was a clone of the original alien Paragon, but the hero became an instant media darling and the face of Overwatch. His likeness was plastered on every shirt, billboard, and magazine in sight.
Today, the team is mentoring a group of young adults, known to the public as “Teen Overwatch”. This second wave of Nu-gene recipients have been very controversial, with opponents protesting the fact that some of the team members were subjected to Nu-gene testing before they were actually legal adults. This then is the world of Overwatch. Much like our own, but different enough to give us pause.
Since the creators behind Overwatch have already met their initial goal, they’ve decided to start putting together some sketch rewards! This additional money will go towards their print fund, future editions, convention appearances and more. They are looking to use their Kickstarter funds to print and distribute issue #1 of Project: Overwatch, which is to be a 32-page, full color comicbook. The first issue has already been written, and the artwork is underway, and they are going to be bringing our backers awesome updates, sneak peeks, great rewards, and a ton of behind the scenes content!
Project: Overwatch is 100% creator-owned, They are funding the project all on their own with no corporate or investor money coming in. With the Kickstarter money, they can cut production time in half and get a copy of the first issue in the hands of comic fans by this Fall!
This project will be funded on Wednesday Oct 9, 2013.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.