1:22pm PT by Graeme McMillan
With Great Golem Comes Great Responsibility in New Comic Book Series 'Brik' (Exclusive)
The big city can be a dangerous place for a 12-year-old kid, but that doesn't have to be the case — especially if the kid in question is in charge of his very own supernatural golem. This summer, indie publisher Oni Press teams with writers Supernatural's Adam Glass and Entourage's Michael Benson for Brik, a new comic book series described as "The Iron Giant meets A History of Violence."
The series, which features art by Harwinder Singh and colors from Gonzalo Duarte, centers around Drew — a bullied kid in Yonkers, New York, whose grandfather is murdered by local gangsters — but not before he's told Drew about the mythical golem of Jewish folklore.
A young New Yorker loses a father figure and tries to deal with his loss by fighting back in an unexpected manner? If that sounds somewhat familiar, it's intended to. "Yes, Spider-Man was one of our inspirations," Glass and Benson told THR via email. "We use the classic structure of what happens when a young boy gets powers and how he uses it. Does he use the powers for good or does he abuse it?"
That doesn't mean that audiences should expect something like the Marvel Universe in the new series. "We grew up in a very different time in New York," the writers explained. "It was the 80’s. New York was not the New York we know today. Adam grew up in the Bronx and Mike spent a lot of time in Yonkers with his family. The city was awesome, but there was danger at every corner. You had to be careful where you went. Times Square was similar to the movie Taxi Driver. So Brik represents how we saw the city as kids, this big dangerous playground."
It'll also present an alternate take on the question of whether great responsibility must come with great power, with some added monster magic. "We love the classics: Frankenstein’s Monster, The Werewolf and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," Benson and Glass said, calling the series "a way to creatively retell a monster story where people can use their imagination. To us, monsters don’t have to be evil. Monsters can be whatever you want them to be. Our story begs the question, what if a 12-year old boy was in control of his very own Frankenstein monster?"
Brik launches in comic book stores and digitally on July 6. Read an exclusive preview of the first issue below.