the hypernaturals

Foreigners extol the American “energy,” attributing to it both our unparalleled economic prosperity and the splendid vivacity of our arts and entertainments. But surely this is energy bad at its source and for which we pay too high a price, a hypernatural and humanly disproportionate dynamism that flays everyone’s nerves raw. Basically it is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism and acquisitiveness. Into hectic philanthropy. Into benighted moral crusades, the most spectacular of which was Prohibition. Into an awesome talent for uglifying countryside and cities. Into the loquacity and torment of a minority of gadflies: artists, prophets, muckrakers, cranks, and nuts. And into self-punishing neuroses. But the naked violence keeps breaking through, throwing everything into question.
—  Susan Sontag, What’s Happening in America (1966)

tAKING A MOMENT TO RAMBLE ABOUT WARFRAME

Can you IMAGINE how terrifying it must be to be a Grineer on Mercury

They’re all low level chump rumps so they’re probably fresh out of Grineer training school, maybe looking to advance, and they’re posted to this desolate mining rock to guard it

Guard it against what, they probably know about the Tenno in an academic context but it’s all rumors and hearsay, the Grineer aren’t going to TELL them “here you’re fighting against these supernatural ninja bastards that can freeze you from 50 ft and then crush your bones with magnets”

So you’re a lil Grineer cadet walking around a mining base on Mercury and suddenly something like THIS BASTARD SHOWS UP

Volt is one of the starter Warframes and he doesn’t exactly look super cuddly. So this idiot is running around, maybe running into some walls, firing bullets all over the place and making a ruckus (baby Warframes still need to work out that whole Movement 2.0 thing), and you’re half amused, half trying not to shit your pants. But its an intruder and you need to kill it

And then it stick a hand out and ZAPS YOU FUCKING DEAD WITH MAGICAL NINJA LIGHTNING BOLTS

Because fuck you, this baby Tenno isnt JUST armed to the teeth, it also starts off with some crazy offensive powers too.

Now yeah, things rapidly escalate and in endgame the average Grineer is going to be capable of going toe to toe with most standard Warframes. But thats not you, the fresh cadet on Mercury. You’re there because its an easy starting assignment. And suddenly you’re dead because some hypernaturally overpowered baby ninjas showed up to fight. And god forbid the Lotus marked your node as an Exterminate mission because not only you, but everyone you know is going to DIE. At least in Sabotage you have a chance of escaping and living to warn your friends, then spending your days walking around, terrified that some asshole who can BECOME INVISIBLE is going to shank you from behind.

And if you git gud, it only gets worse for you. You get moved to some better planet, BUT WAIT. The baby who was running around and slamming into walls is now a killing machine with a grenade launcher who can float in the air and unleash an electrical storm killing everything in a certain radius. 

So welcome to Mercury. You’re going to be shitting your goddamn pants for the rest of your sad, short, miserable clone life.

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“It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that’s only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They’re a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it’s up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals – and their novice recruits – to save the galaxy from complete destruction.”

The Hypernaturals (currently #1-6 issues ongoing, plus #0 FCBD)

Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, art by Brad Walker, Tom Derenick, Andres Guinaldo and Mark Irwin

This is a perfect read if you like Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, the Marvel Cosmic events, excellent world-building, intriguing characters and consistent writing. I can’t recommend this series highly enough. :)