While originally from Washington State, she currently finds herself trapped in Upstate New York longing for the days of good coffee shops.
Everyday Heroes, a webcomic by Ed Gedeon, follows the life of Mr. Mighty and his family as they settle into their new home in Indianapolis. When first reading, I thought it might just be another gag comic with cheesy dad jokes but Gedeon has done very well in the years bringing depth to his characters.
The Mighty family consists of Mr. “Marion” Mighty, his wife Jane, and their children Summer and Steve.
After moving the Mighty’s decide to hold a meeting to inform their neighbors that Jane is a former villain/ex-con. We learn that Jane comes from a family of villains and although she never desired the life, she ultimately joins her best friend, also named Jane, stealing back items that other villains have stolen. Jane is arrested by Mr. Mighty after a job gone wrong resulting in the death of her friend Jane. Jane decides to retire from villainy and eventually marries Mr. Mighty.
There are currently seventeen chapters and counting. A hefty chunk of the story so far has followed their daughter Summer, and her struggle as a teenager with uncontrollable powers, namely laser eye vision. Fortunately for Summer she has found support in her friends Carrie, who has the powers of awesome hair that literally hammers jerks, and Uma, an anthropomorphized cow alien that no one seems to notice isn’t human.
Gedeon does a great job making his characters three-dimensional, however the multiple storylines seem to clutter the larger picture. Each story definitely adds to the comic but for the time frame this perhaps would work better as a series of books than a webcomic.
While this webcomic might not be for everyone is has a certain sweetness and vulnerability that can draw you in.