The first part of Block's Buzz serial recently appeared in an indie comic called Rivets and Ruby, with three more installments upcoming. Buzz, the story of rich inventor Simon Kirby, who gets transformed into a hulk with a very annoying voice -- hence his name -- is "a retro comic," says Block, inspired by the old glory days of Spiderman and Fantastic Four. "It's like the Marvel comics from the '60s, when comics were still fun and all the characters weren't killing each other. Simon Kirby is the best of all those superheroes rolled into one."
The fact that it's black and white is not a retro flourish, however; it simply reflects cost limitations. The complete Buzz saga eventually may be reprinted in its own full-color book, but even more promising is Block's future comics project, known as Special Ed and Girl Man. It's the story of "a mentally challenged superhero and his sidekick, who's a guy who turns into a superstrong little girl," says Block. "It's really weird shit."