Larger than life: Super BEro Rising

Life for a normal person in a world full of super-heroes must be frustrating. You’re just an ordinary man or woman, doing your best to make the world a better place, but you’re surrounded by both heroes and evildoers with powers beyond your comprehension. Take policewoman Terri, for instance — back in Super BEro Origins she got zapped with energy bolts from superhero Ms. Power and her nemesis Doom Dame, which caused a number of unusual side effects. Not only did Terri develop super-strength, invulnerability and the power of flight, she found her body changing in other ways as well. Well, actually, pretty much just the boobs.

Super BEro Rising rejoins Terri a few weeks after the initial shock of Origins. She’s hoping to get back to work, but still struggling with her powers, which have a tendency to manifest spontaneously. And when her powers appear, so do her ever-expanding breasts and her out-of-control libido. Even a simple trip to the grocery store is more than Terri can manage without wrecking the shop and dragging a hapless clerk off for a session of energetic sex, the only thing that seems to be able to get her powers under control.

Both the humor and the sex appeal in this story come through in J. J. McQuade’s art, which gives Terri not only a gorgeous body but a very expressive face. McQuade’s style is cartoony without being out of place, and really conveys the mixture of lust, frustration and exasperation that characterize Terri’s bizarre adventures.

So far, we haven’t seen much actual heroing — or BEroing, I suppose — but if the previous episode is anything to go by, the plot of Rising should move along at a pretty rapid pace. The cover promises a stylish superhero uniform, so hopefully we’ll see Terri taking to the skies to fight crime. It’ll be interesting to see how that works out with her self-professed dislike of superheroes. For that matter, her old partner wasn’t exactly a fan either, so there could be some workplace tension ahead. Assuming Terri can keep from smashing up the scenery and boning anyone who comes within her arms’ reach long enough for the conversation, that is.

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