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Metaphase, a Graphic Novel Featuring the World’s First Superhero with Down syndrome, Goes Back to Print

Alterna Comics has announced that the Metaphase graphic novel by Chip Reece, Kelly Williams, and Peter Simeti, has sold out and is going back to print to fill a surge in demand.

Metaphase, originally created in 2014 and published in 2015, tells the story of Ollie, a boy with Down syndrome, that wants to be just like his superhero dad.  When a disingenuous company known as Meta-Makers promises to turn anyone into a superhero, Ollie signs up, and is turned into one of the most powerful heroes the world has ever known — but at what cost?

Inspired by his son Ollie, who has Down syndrome, Chip Reece created a superhero story that is both unique and inclusive.

Simeti in the announcement said:

Metaphase is a prime example of how important comic books and graphic novels are.  The heart of the story is a universal one, it’s about wanting to achieve something and do something important with your life, we all have hopes, dreams, and aspirations — everyone’s had obstacles in their life — but it’s what you do to overcome those obstacles; that’s what makes a hero.  In the story, and in real life, Ollie is a hero.

Metaphase can still be found at various bookstores and comic shops throughout the world, though most are sold out at this point.  For online shoppers, the title can be back-ordered on Amazon and the site expects to have copies ready to send out over the next two weeks.

 

Preview: Metaphase

METAPHASE

story by Chip Reece
art by Kelly Williams
letters by Peter Simeti
$4.99
80 pages
Digital Graphic Novel
All Ages, Superhero

Ollie, a boy with Down syndrome, wants to have powers just like his superhero dad. The problem? With congenital heart defects, his father has no intention of letting his son get in harm’s way. Enter Meta-Makers, a company that promises to give powers to anyone who wants them, an opportunity Ollie can’t resist. Will he become the hero he wants to be or will his ambitions lead to the destruction of the person he admires most?

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Preview: Metaphase

Metaphase

story by Chip Reece
art by Kelly Williams
letters by Peter Simeti
$9.99, print release, graphic novel, full color, sci-fi/superhero, all ages
Available at comic shops and online retailers

Ollie, a boy with Down syndrome, wants to have powers just like his superhero dad. The problem? With congenital heart defects, his father has no intention of letting his son get in harm’s way. Enter Meta-Makers, a company that promises to give powers to anyone who wants them, an opportunity Ollie can’t resist. Will he become the hero he wants to be or will his ambitions lead to the destruction of the person he admires most?

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Metaphase: A Comic Inspired by Little Heroes Born with Down Syndrome

Alterna Comics announced on World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, which took place on March 21, the release of a 10 page teaser issue for the upcoming graphic novel Metaphase which will be released on comiXology. Break out writer Chip Reece‘s creation is visually realized by the mega talents of artist Kelly Williams to give you a taste of what’s to come! Metaphase is a story about self discovery and living with Down Syndrome, wrapped in an exciting super-hero shell!

What happens when a son’s quest for power leads to the destruction of his father, the world’s strongest superhero? Metaphase is a graphic novel about Ollie, a boy with Down Syndrome who just wants to be “super” too. If it wasn’t hard enough sizing himself up with the most average of human strength, Ollie has grown up with a front row seat to the upper extreme of the physical spectrum! Incredibly, an opportunity may exist that could get him the power he desires…

Powers, Inc. is a company looking for volunteers to test their controversial and experimental chromosome treatment. This process promises to give super powers to anyone who wants them…or so it seems. As with any scheme that sounds too good to be true, there are sinister motives…ones that directly involve destroying the greatest superhero of all time, Ollie’s dad!

In 2010 Chip’s son Oliver was born with Down Syndrome as well as two congenital heart defects. Besides the monumental achievement of surviving three open heart surgeries, this little fella also spent over seven months in the hospital, and had a tracheotomy and feeding tube inserted to improve his chances of survival. Inspired by his son’s strength despite these odds, seeds were planted in this long time comic book fan’s mind to spin a tale that would spotlight just how spectacular individual’s with Down Syndrome are!