According to Trevor Talbott the problem with many of today’s comicbook plots is that they tend to be so bombastic that they very often shy away from the very personal interactions that initially attracted us to become enamored with the characters in the first place. In his comic, Eclipse, he wanted to narrow the scope of a normal superhero story and focus in on a just few aspects of that character. Within the first two issues of Eclipse the story touches upon the origins of how the character came to be, Still, the heart of the story is the relationship between the hero, Keith Calhoun (Eclipse), and his father, Bruce. According to Bruce, Talbott has an intellectual disability so he fully depends on his son, Keith. Needless to say, this works out well in a symbiotic relationship, as Keith also fully depends upon his father to get by in the world. As readers, we see the struggles a young teen must face in a world where he’s forced to grow up quite a bit quicker than his peers.
Eclipse is created and written by Talbott and Scott Meier, illustrated by Pete Raymond and colored by Jessica Jimerson. It is the story about Keith Calhoun, Keith’s evolution into a hero, and his very special bond with his father. For the past three years Talbott has worked with children and adolescents that have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders. “I enjoyed my time with all the children and teens I worked with but there was one young man who will always stick with me,” Talbott said, “and it’s our relationship that inspired the dynamic between Bruce and Keith in this story.”
According to Talbott within the first few pages of Eclipse readers will learn how important comicbooks are between Keith and his dad. Later on Bruce and his son even get into fan “arguments” about why their favorite superhero is better than the other’s. “These scenes play out exactly like they did between this teen and myself during our weekly visits,” Talbott related. “I don’t know how these debates began, but for three years we’d always argue about which hero was better: Batman or The Hulk.” Talbott went on to reveal that this story is very special to him because of the connection it has between the teen he worked with and himself. “I’ve had a chance to put my ideas on paper and have been fortunate enough to come across other people along the way that share a passion for this story. I ask that you join in to support the growth of this unlikely superhero.”
Now, Talbott and his team of creators will use the Kickstarter funds they receive will help pay for the completion of the first two issues. The funds will also go towards printing costs for the comic, and shipping, as well as for all of the awesome rewards they have planned for the backers. Talbot feels that the biggest challenge for their project is the fact that the creative team is spread across the globe, limiting their ability to communicate with one another from time to time. However, they do believe that their teamwork efforts have been outstanding in getting this project to where it is, and they’re confident that they can overcome any distance, to meet their goals.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.