All It Takes

If you want to save your culture, this is all it takes:

All the bitching about how bad mainstream comics have become feels great, but while it’s fun to complain the world needs viable alternatives.  Anonymous here asked a neutral comic producer for a line of specifically right-wing comics, and was mildly rebuffed for his efforts.  Clearly, he had not heard of Alt-Hero, which isn’t exactly filled with GOP Uber Alles propaganda, but which does provide red meat for the red voter’s soul.

The Alt-Hero books have been a lot of fun, a little uneven, and valuable addition to my entertainment cloud.  With every issue, the quality goes up both in the writing and the art, and the somewhat disjointed nature of the first four entries can be easily forgiven as they represent an introduction to a wide ranging world with a wide scope of adventure.

The decision to introduce so much to the reader so quickly is a bold choice, and one that requires a lot of trust on both sides of the page.  The reader has to trust that the author will bring the thread together in a satisfying way, and the author has to trust the reader to exercise a little patience and restraint.  If both sides honor the other, the results can be spectacular for both sides.  Having read some of Vox Day’s prose fiction, I have faith that he won’t betray my trust.  Those poor souls that don’t trust Vox as an author don’t know what they are missing.  I can only hope that the anonymous contact I recommended Alt-Hero to has the patience to stick around long enough to see the threads start to tie into a tight little noose around Captain Europa’s neck.

And Alt-Hero delivers precisely the kind of fun and complexity that should be sparking a lot more conversation about the storylines than the politics surrounding its genesis.  How loyal is Dynamique to the EU’s superteam?  We haven’t seen her in action yet, what happens when she receives an order she doesn’t like?  What’s the deal with Generation Identitaire – are they just protective muscle for the black and yellow mob, or do they have other goals?  They seemed to take a non-lethal approach to holding off the official police forces of the globalists, so that’s a good sign.

Part of the problem is that it’s just too early.  We can’t really predict anything because we have such a large cast and we know so little about any of them.  Perhaps in time that will change and we can talk more story about the stories.

For now, be the change you want to see in the world.  Stop talking about Star Wars – it’s dead and the mourning period had expired.  Move on.  Talk about what you love, what excites you, and look for those little moments where you can share your love of a piece of media with a stranger.  Word of mouth is free, and it is such a powerful force for good that the social media companies are doing everything in their power to fight it – make them earn their hollow victory by drowning the internet in recommendations and discussions about the titles that interest you.  That’s how guys like you and me change the world, one small conversation at a time.

It’s like Tecumseh said, “A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.”  That he culturally appropriated the concept of the fasces from the Roman Empire in no way makes his word less true.

Be the twig you want to see in the world.

About Jon Mollison

Jon Mollison was weaned at the literary knee of Tolkein, Howard, Moore, and Burroughs. He spent decades wandering in the wilderness of modern genre fiction, wondering when the magic and wonder went out of the world of dragons and space ships. In his darkest hour, he encountered a wise man who handed him the open secrets to crafting works that emulate the stories of the great authors who built the genre. They are easily summarized in but two words: Regress Harder. Now one of the twelve champions of the Pulp Revolution, his self-published works represent a more direct lineage to the tales of action, mystery, romance, virtue, and pure unalloyed adventure than the bland imitations churned out by New York City publishing houses in recent decades.
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