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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 159

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at a fun one-shot from a couple of years ago by Mark Andrew Smith and Marcelo Di Chiara titled Kill All Parents…


In this cute superhero spoof, we see what the superheros of the world do on Father’s Day (click on the double-page spread to enlarge)…

they go visit the graves of their parents, as practically all of their parents are dead!

However, what if this was not just some weird coincidence? What if having dead parents is what MAKES you become a superhero?

So what if the government is secretly killing parents of would-be superheroes to push them down that path?

And what if a janitor discovers this?

Well, then you would get this…

As to how it resolves itself, well, you’ll have to read the comic.

It is a fun little take by Smith and the art by Di Chiara is strong, as you can see above. I admire the boldness of coming up with a “done in one” comic book one-shot (not a graphic novel, a one-shot) in today’s comic book climate.

Keep on rockin’ Mark and Marcelo!!!


How did I not know of this before now? When did it come out?

The idea of a government that goes SO OUT OF THEIR WAY as to blow up a whole planet, just to make a superhero. wow.

It came out 2 or 3 years ago. I picked it up again. I liked it and would recommend it. I need to dig it out and reread it.

I’ve never heard of this comic, but I love the premise.
Too bad about the Saturday morning kiddee cartoon art style. But I might buy it anyway.

Thanks for sharing!

K.A.P. is awesome, and if there was any justice in the universe it would be an ongoing series – The writing is great and the art is SUPERB, absolutely LOVE Marcelo DiChiara’s artwork.

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This looks like such a cool idea.

So brilliant. I kind of wish the heroes weren’t analogues, because the premise felt so fresh that I think the characters should have too. But it’s only a one shot, I’m not really complaining.

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I agree with fanboy d.

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