‘Identity Stunt’ Mixes Classic Action Movies With Modern Day Issues

by James Ferguson

The people that grew up watching classic ’80s and ’90s action movies are now making comics inspired by them and I could not be happier. It’s already created books like Amerikarate and Shirtless Bear Fighter. Markosia Enterprises has announced a new title that has similar sensibilities with Identity Stunt. The new series is described as “Lethal Weapon meets Unbreakable in an era of viral media and fake news.” I’m in.

Identity Stunt is created and written by Joe R. Khachadourian and illustrated by J. Briscoe Allison and Ruairi Coleman. The premise is summed up with the following question: What would you do if a vigilante’s arche-nemesis mistook you as the alter ego of his mortal enemy?

This is the situation professional stuntman Sami “Sam” Nasser finds himself in. Things were bad enough as work is dwindling, his marriage is in limbo, and he’s trying to save his best friend from self-destruction. Right when he seems to get things together, Sam is publicly accused of being the alter ego of Beatdown, his hometown’s notorious and unhinged vigilante, by the nefarious Dominous Smith, Beatdown’s own arch-nemesis.

Creator / writer Joe R. Khachadourian says:

We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing Sam’s story to the world. For people like myself who grew up reading comics and binging on a steady diet of ‘80s and ‘90s action films, Identity Stunt hits all the right emotions for fans of thrillers, new and old. It’s a non-stop adventure at a breakneck pace, featuring bionically-enhanced mercenaries, car chases, martial arts melees, you name it; but it also contains hilarity and heart that really shine through in this old school/new school, superfiction mashup. With a multicultural cast — including a Jordanian-American lead — combined with a genre-bending storyline, Identity Stunt brings something novel to the comic book marketplace.

You can pick up the first digital issue of Identity Stunt right now at IdentityStunt.com for $1.99. A trade paperback collecting the first four issues will be available at comic and book stores this summer.