What can I say? I'll forever be a comic book fanboy. But when it comes to my personal FAVORITE series? Well, it's probably one you'd never expect and may not have even heard of ... which naturally makes it the perfect choice for this Under the Radar piece.
It's Firearm, a relatively short-lived series from the now defunct Malibu Comics' Ultraverse line. And this is why you should try to find it in the back issue bins of your closest comic shop.
First, I think you need a little background on the whole "Ultraverse" thing. Back in the early 90s, the comic industry was booming and everyone wanted to get a piece of the action. In that time, fans saw the birth of Image Comics (Spawn, WildC.A.T.S., Youngblood) and Valiant (X-O Manowar, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Turok). Well, Malibu Comics wasn't about to be left behind ... and so the Ultraverse was born. The characters of the Ultraverse were all unique in their own right, from the Superman archetype who was actually a 13-year old boy to the actor-turned-superhero icon Hardcase. And right smack in the middle of it all was Alec Swan, a.k.a. Firearm.