Today, a conspiracy Unmasked!
For Seastone City and elsewhere, the 20th century was an age of superheroes. What the eternally vigorous masked crusader known as Dagger started in the 1930s snowballed ever outward over the decades. Dozens of men and women gifted with impossible abilities protected humanity from evildoers of all kinds for some seventy years before the millennium’s end. Then came a new epoch, an age bereft of heroes. In their wake, a needful populace and the decrepit arch-foe Victor Vance, the wealthiest and most influential man in the city, finally free of Dagger’s constant vigilance. It is an age of corruption and senseless violence. A time you’d hardly call the present.
Paige Cruise is a normal woman fighting for truth. A crusader without the cape. With her chronicler father gone, Paige stands as the foremost authority on the dearly departed superheroes. She knows more about their history than she does about her own mother. As a reporter for the Seastone City Times, Paige has taken it upon herself to keep the legacy of the fallen heroes alive in this new “Decade of Hell.” Their extended absence has made that difficult, but it’s their return that will throw Paige’s life completely off balance.
Just as the ailing tycoon Victor Vance prepares to step down from his corporate seat, a masked vigilante appears on the skyline. A new Dagger for a new age. And he isn’t alone. Paige is thrust into the middle of a new vigilante renaissance. But these are hardly her father’s superheroes.
They may wear similar costumes and introduce themselves with familiar monikers like Freedom and Silver Saber. But who hides behind these masks and is it justice they really intend to serve? It’s a vast conspiracy with a rich ensemble of characters. As for the setting, is a city crying out for the return of its storied heroes really prepared to put its faith back in the hands of so many masked men?
Two issues of Michael Sarrao and John Broglia’s Unmasked are already available on Graphicly.