By Michael Comeau

Toronto-based zine and printmaker Michael Comeau’s Hellberta sees Canadian comics icon Wolverine return to his homeland of Alberta to face his greatest foe: Prime Minister Stephen Harper! Weapon X is recast as a messianic mutant out to revenge the destruction and ravaging of his home and native land. This satirical pastiche of politics, religion, comics, and exploitation films—in the rich Canadian tradition of Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS—is a trenchant, and oftentimes hysterical, look at the current Canadian political landscape. Screen-printed in red and black on bright yellow paper stock and released in a limited edition of 300, Hellberta is a lysergic combination of Claremont, Canadiana, and iconoclasm that is like nothing you have ever seen!

Winner of the Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes the best of avant-garde or experimental comics, at the 2012 Doug Wright Awards.

Jeet Heer, of the Wright Awards nominating committee which chooses the annual Pigskin Peters Award, described Hellberta as “Many things—a pastiche of superhero comic, a political satire, a post-apocalyptic fable—all melded together to form a single nightmarish vision. Michael Comeau brings to this tradition an energetic line, a fertile imagination, and the courage to put his most outrageous ideas on paper.”


7 x 10 inches, 40 pages, black-and-red screen printed on yellow paper stock, trade paper
May 2011