Kickstarting Comics: ‘The Unthinkables’ Imagines A World With Only Super Villains To Save The Day

by Olly MacNamee
Cover by Martin Simmonds

For the first time ever, indie powerhouse Unlikely Heroes Studios is taking on an entirely new property and a brand new team, and our unlikely heroes are…villains?

A new Kickstarter was launched earlier this week for a comic book series that I personally understand took years to develop. The Unthinkables is by writer Paul Hanley (Doctor Who, Judge Dredd), penciler Ian Richardson (Image Comics, 2000AD), inker Julien Hugonnard-Bert (Star Wars, X-Men), colourist Simon Gough (Snake Eyes), and letterer Thomas Mauer (Dark Horse, Image) and imagines a world in which all the superheroes have dropped dead. That leaves the super villains the only ones with super powers and any hope of saving the world! Talk about a steep learning curve.

Art from The Unthinkables #1 by Ian Richardson

From the preview you can read for the first issue (here) to the text accompanying this campaign, you just know its going to be a slick look, professionally produced comic book with plenty of humour too. The best of British but told through the very American genre of superheroes.

Original art page available as part of the various pledges on offer

Of course, there are various pledge prices and stretch goals available, with some already sold out, such as original commissions from Ian Richardson. Which I’m not surprised about given I have always felt he is one of the biggest unsung artists working in comic today and with a very contemporary style I find hard to believe isn’t adoring more comics. But, with a recent return to the pages of 2000AD and Judge Dredd Magazine, as well as The Unthinkables, here’s hoping that may change.

For more on this campaign and how to back it, check it out here today.

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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