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A one-shot military superhero action drama comic about greed, power and the never-ending cycle of violence in the War on Terror.
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About the Story

Acceptable Losses is a one-and-done, self-contained 32 page comic detailing the last official mission of the USA's sole superhuman military operative, the US Eagle. On this fateful mission, Eagle finds himself at the mercy of enemies in the field and callous and careless superiors at home. 

After the mission goes spectacularly wrong, we see the greedy and power-hungry Senator that caused the devastating failure face a horrifying attack on US soil. An act of revenge? But by whom?

Cover by Danny Flores and Moose Baumann
Cover by Danny Flores and Moose Baumann

Acceptable Losses tells a dark, poignant and action-packed superhero revenge fantasy, focusing on grim action and looking at the cycle of violence in the war on terror and those fighting it on both sides. Think Black Hawk Down meets Captain America, with a touch of John Wick meets Eye in the Sky

About the Cast

The US Eagle a.k.a. Corporal Sam Tyler is a good soldier. Always following orders, he believes in what the ideals of America mean and that they have a duty to help the rest of the world. Being the only subject of the US's controversial human augmentation program, Tyler gained enhanced strength, speed and stamina from the process, and became a symbol of America's might in the world.  

US Eagle Pin-Up by Carlos Pedro
US Eagle Pin-Up by Carlos Pedro

 Private Deshawn Krinsky is the US Eagle's eyes in the sky and handler from home base. A young but incredibly bright officer, Private Krinsky has become an indispensable aid to US Eagle and his missions for their country. Idealistic and loyal, Krinsky has become a good friend to the US Eagle as well as his ally. 

Kinsky Character Sketches by Danny Flores
Kinsky Character Sketches by Danny Flores

Senator Robert McKeen is a man in his mid-50s who has never seen a single day of active duty in his life. And yet he has found himself the political liaison to the US Eagle Program. A life-long politician and spokesman, there has rarely been a motion he couldn't schmooze and massage it's way through obstacles. A man of words and who values others opinions of him and the image of power above all else, McKeen can be quite brutal in his single-minded focus on his goals. 

McKeen & Forley Character Sketches by Danny Flores
McKeen & Forley Character Sketches by Danny Flores

General Michael Forley has been working ops all his adult life. A proud, gruff military man to the bone, Forley is in charge of the US Eagle Program and is a no-nonsense leader. A stickler of protocol and chain of command, Forley nevertheless holds his own strong opinions on the missions they run.

About the Campaign

We're looking to run a simple, straight-forward campaign with the majority of funds raised going to pay the production team for art, colours and letters, thus keeping costs down by being a digital first comic. The last time we tried this campaign we didn't get to the amount needed for a full print release but would have raised enough for digital. We still really want to tell and share this story, so we're focusing on a digital comic release to keep required costs down. 

However, should we far exceed the goal amount by a margin that would allow for a print release too, we would love to do that as well. 

For now, however, the main focus is getting this book made and produced. Almost all the campaign total goes straight to the art team, with a margin kept for posting items that require postage too. 

About the Creators

Joe Glass is the writer of Acceptable Losses. The creator and writer of The Pride and The Pride Adventures, that has been part of numerous very successful Kickstarters. This is Joe's first solo written, self-published comic that is not connected to The Pride and shows a whole new side of his writing. 

Danny Flores is an up-and-coming illustrator in the field of comics. Having only illustrated a few short stories here and there, this will be his first book published. He hopes to one day enjoy illustrating comics as a full time job. 

Interior page by Danny Flores and Moose Baumann
Interior page by Danny Flores and Moose Baumann

Moose Baumann is a colourist who has worked on a large number of titles, including DC's Green Lantern, Seven Soldiers of Victory, and Nightwing, and many more. 

Michael Stock is a letterer and long-time collaborator with Joe Glass. Michael has lettered numerous comics across the UK independent scene including The Pride, The Kill Screen, Samurai Slasher and much more. 

 Why Acceptable Losses? 

There's a reason I want to make Acceptable Losses

For me, it's about showing what I can do outside of The Pride. The Pride is an incredibly well received series, and I could not be prouder of it, but it is very much just one of the stories I have in me. Acceptable Losses is a chance for me to show off something completely different and even unexpected from me, that I think can be enjoyed both by fans of my existing work and also by people who've never read anything by me before. It was also a chance to work with the amazing Danny Flores and Moose Baumann, and my long-time collaborator Michael Stock once again.

For Danny, this is his first full comic to get produced, so it will be a great chance to show off his work too. I'm very excited for people to see what we can put together. 

Finally, it's a story about the consequences of our actions, as much in our world as in this fictional one. It's a story about where exactly an 'eye for an eye' gets us, and how rushing in headlong to get the job done without thinking through all of the angles can result in disaster. It's about seeing the shades of grey in even the most black and white of situations, and our responsibility for whatever we decide to do with that information.

But most of all, Acceptable Losses is about an entertaining, superhero revenge thriller with depth.

Interiors by Danny Flores
Interiors by Danny Flores

 About The Project

Since the last time we ran the campaign, work has continued slowly, while we decided when to re-approach this. The pages are almost all drawn, colours have begun too. With the backing financially that Kickstarter can provide, we'd be able to put full focus on the issue and get it finished and out quickly. We have allowed time in shipping estimates in case anything comes up, but generally should be able to turn the book around quickly. 

We're all very excited and proud of this project, so really look forward to bringing it out to you all. With your support we can make this happen, so thank you so much in advance for your help. 

Risks and challenges

Generally, delivery dates are an estimate as sometimes work takes longer to complete, however we will endeavour to stick to the planned completion and delivery dates.

As ultimately we're shipping any physical items ourselves, please bare that in mind as items that require shipping might be later than estimated depending how many backers we wind up having to ship to. As such, making sure the address you provide after the campaign ends is valid for a while after the campaign is important.

Postage tends to often be the major trip up in Kickstarter campaigns, and it has certainly caught me out before. As such, we are focusing on making this a digital release first. If the campaign proves very successful, we could possibly add a print component, but to begin with and to ensure we can finish making the comic and sharing this story with you all, we're focusing on digital and keeping costs down.

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