Published by Action Lab Entertainment, THE CITIZEN is the story of one ordinary man trying to live his life in a city populated only by superheroes and villains, and the everyday struggle of being the only person in the city to truly be powerless. The book regularly pokes fun at the idea of what superheroes are meant to be and their relationships with the citizen they’re sworn to protect. It’s an inverted Superman story with a little bit of Office Space thrown in for good measure.
When asked why people would enjoy THE CITIZEN, writer Charlie McFarland said, “Because I think the thought of being normal when you’re surrounded by others who seem spectacular is a feeling shared by many comic book readers.” He went on to say that the takeaway from the story is, “This series is meant to explore the idea of heroism. The idea that anyone can be a hero, not just people who put on a uniform and try to make it their full-time job.”
Charlie also shared his personal history with the story: “I wrote the first issue of this series several years ago when I felt like I was at my lowest point. It’s easy sometimes to feel like everyone else in the world is more successful or happier than you are at any given time. It really can feel like you’re surrounded by superheroes.”
Check out THE CITIZEN, available digital-first on comiXology, this Wednesday, 8/5/2020! Pre-order the book with this link.