Writer: Mark Millar
Art: Rafael Albuquerque
Colour: Dave McCaig
Story: Gas station attendant, Huck, has some pretty extraordinary powers, but rather than inspiring the world as a superhero he’s pledged to do one good deed per day, usually in the small town where he lives. The town’s people are so grateful that they keep his secret as a matter of honour, but some new folk have moved in to town.
Why read it?: “Oh look, Mark Millar has created another story about superhero wish fulfilment!” A true enough statement, but there’s no need to be cynical just yet, for Millar this time has foregone his usual shock tactics and instead has chosen to take a rather gentle approach. Integrating the moving character swashes of Starlight (his best book in the last half decade), this kind-hearted, rather rose-tinted aspect of Middle -America is lavishly and perfectly realised by Albuquerque and McCaig to such an extent that the hayfield-gold light rays practically pour out of the page, with each character infused with palpable small town sweetness.