If you have ever read the original New Guardians series by DC Comics (or at least watched Linkara’s reviews of the comics), then you might know about this one-shot villain who goes by the name of Snowflame.
Who is Snowflame? He’s a Colombian supervillain powered by–and devoted to–the magical essence of cocaine.
Two things to note:
- It was the Eighties and the War on Drugs was a big deal.
- Such an insane and bombastic character could only end up becoming a cult favorite among comic book fans.
Now, Snowflame has only appeared in one comic to date: New Guardians issue No. 2, Blow In The Wind. However, he has since drawn a sufficiently large fanbase on the Internet that there is now a fan-made webcomic about him.
Julie Sydor is the creative mind behind the webcomic Snowflame, which dares to take such an insane character concept and add a more human dimension. While Snowflame remains the same bombastic blow-snorting bad guy, there is a realism about his fanatical beliefs and how he got his start in Colombia as a drug lord named Fabian Orosco. It’s reminiscent of how the character Bane started out as a young man in Santa Prisca before injecting himself with Venom to become the superhuman genius we know and love today.
The comic is also well-illustrated, with Sydor choosing a classy black-and-white approach with gray shading. Much like how Christopher Nolan reapplied a gritty lens to the Batman franchise, Julie Sydor adds a darker, real-world filter to the audacity of Snowflame’s character. At the same time, the webcomic manages to capture the dialogue and ethos of a classic DC comic book, featuring such superheroes as Batman, Green Arrow, and Raven.
I recommend this webcomic for comic book fans, Snowflame devotees, and just nerds in general. It’s a meaningful exploration of a fun character.
Snowflame: the fan-comic series can be read on its own website and on Julie Sydor’s deviantArt page. For further Snowflame material, I recommend checking out Will Wolfgram’s performance of the character on Atop the Fourth Wall.
Bibliography: Sydor, Julie. Snowflame: the fan-comic series. http://www.snowflamecomic.com/