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STX Entertainment launches the heavily advertised feature-length film Hardcore Henry
April 08, 2016. The movie’s director, Ilya Naishuller, originally
launched the Hardcore world as a short film in Russia centered on Henry
but utilizing an extreme first person POV almost putting the viewer in
the seat of the protagonist. So first person it’s almost second person .
. . not unlike a video game POV, but without the
Also sharing that world is super-villain, Hardcore Akan. In conjunction with the release of the movie, Bliss On Tap Publishing
simultaneously releases the official prequel to the film. This Issue
#1 to Hardcore Akan is also written by Naishuller [with Brian Phillipson
and Will Stewart] keeping the Hardcore World consistent. The art is by
The prequel is an unrelenting origin story for the villain that calls
into question the nature vs nurture debate. The confluence of events
leading to his supervillain status starts in the moments of his birth in
the shadow of the Chernobyl meltdown in a rolling ambulance after his
mother has been accidentally/not accidentally given a cyanide pill in
lieu of an anti-radiation pill by people more interested in obfuscation
and plausible deniability than disaster prevention. Yes, that qualifies
It only takes a few more major events to prove that Akan is different
from the other boys. And it’s those differences that change him, and
not for the better.
It’s said that every villain is the hero of his own story. There is a
hint to that in this first issue, but watching Akan define how he’s the hero amid his actions will take another issue or two.