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Marla Desat | 10 Jul 2014 18:00
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C.O.W.L. #2

We've seen superheroes used as metaphors for a great many things, but I believe this is the first time they've been represented in the context of labor unions. Set in 1960s Chicago, C.O.W.L. takes places fifteen years after superheroes form an organized league to better confront metahuman crime. But after the defeat of the last great supervillain in Issue 1, the Chicaco Organized Workers League now must justify its contract renewal while an operative seeks corruption within the ranks. C.O.W.L isn't outright saying unions are good or bad, at least not so far; it is an ongoing series, so I'm sure multiple sides will explored. But it does seem to suggest that without a distinct threat to confront, a superhero union runs the risk of becoming its own worst enemy.

Big picture issues aside, I do find myself wanting to see more of the low-level members of C.O.W.L. The street-level units that patrol Chicago could help C.O.W.L feel like a 1960s version of Powers, a very exciting enough prospect indeed. There's a lot of potential for the series moving forward, and a great many characters to introduce, so here's hoping the rest of the first arc proves it's worth following.

Favorite Moment: "Help me pick this guy up and we'll call for back"
"F**k it."

- Marshall

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