(Minor League Comics available today from Comixology)
There are three things Americans can proudly claim that, if we didn’t invent, then we pretty damn well perfected. Rock ‘n roll, maybe for one. And baseball, though it comes from the British game of rounders, is pretty much ours. And superhero comics, born out of Joe Siegel and Jerry Schuster’s grand idea in Cleveland, Ohio, is about as American as it gets. Which makes it odd that there hasn’t been more of a crossover between baseball and superheroes beyond the random issue where Superman strikes out against a Little Leaguer or the X-Men get together for a friendly game in between adventures.
That’s about to change with today’s release of Minor League Comics. The brainchild of writer Tim Bungeroth and artist Mike Shea, the comic is about minor league ballplayer, Hank Hudson, a sort-of-Superman coming into his own while playing for the Subpar City Squires.
Of course, like all conglomerates, the league is also a front for a criminal organization with villains that wouldn’t be out of place in a 1960s Spider-man comic (their names ranging from Elefante to Shark Shot to Flat Headed Ferret). Something that Bungeroth and Shea say is intentional when I spoke to them earlier this year.