Welcome, @ObscurityofDCClub and other members of the DC Community! Welcome to Obscurity of DC’s thirty-ninth Ultr-Obscure Book Club! This week, we’ll be focusing on…
AGE SUGGESTION: 17+
Number of Issues: 6
Synopsis from dcuniverseinfinite.com: Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) teams up with Vertigo veterans John Higgins (HELLBLAZER) and Glenn Fabry (PREACHER) to bring you a very Vertigo take on the modern superhero in this six-issue miniseries. Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man mid-midlife crisis, buys an online “smart pill” to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump. But to Josh’s surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power-but its cost is that it’s extremely addictive. This irreverent and brutally realistic story examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life superhero.
Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:
- Jacked explores the theme of the consequences of using a superpower-enhancing drug. What are your thoughts on how this theme is portrayed in the series, and do you find it relatable to real-life issues?
- The protagonist in Jacked undergoes significant personal changes due to the drug. How do you think this transformation reflects the idea of power and its impact on individuals?
- One of the central questions in Jacked is whether the protagonist’s newfound abilities are a blessing or a curse. What’s your opinion on this dilemma, and how would you have handled the situation differently? Explain.
- Let’s discuss the moral implications of using superpowers gained through external means like drugs. Do you think this concept is explored in a thought-provoking way in Jacked? Explain.
- The tone of Jacked can be quite dark and gritty. What do you think about the choice of tone in this series, and how does it affect your connection to the characters and their struggles? Explain.
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