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Interview: Kaare Andrews Recharges with 'E-Ratic 2' from AWA

Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen

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Recharge complete! The teenage hero with superpowers that only work for ten minutes a day is back to save the world...again! Get ready for Kaare Andrews' E-Ratic 2: Recharged from AWA Studios.

In the following interview, creator Kaare Andrews tells us what to expect from the sequel, how E-Ratic connects to the larger Resistance storyline, and more. 

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Catch us up to speed. Where does the story in E-Ratic 2: Recharged pick up?

E-Ratic: Recharged Vol. 2 takes place pretty much directly after the first season of E-Ratic. It’s new reader friendly, so you don’t have to read the first run to enjoy this season, so feel free to give it a try!

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Tell us about Oliver Leif. Why do we follow him through this story?

Oliver is a normal high schooler kid who discovers he can do very un-normal things for about ten minutes a day. For those ten minutes, he’s unstoppable! It’s every other minute of the day he needs to worry about. And he has worries! Being raised by a single mom, trying to fit in at a new school, learning how to use his very limited powers… but his real problems start at the end of the first issue of Season 2: his absentee Dad shows up. A man who Oliver thought was dead…

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And he only has ten minutes to use his powers? How’s that work?

Imagine if your superpowers were a very crappy cell phone. Doesn’t hold much of a charge and then needs to be plugged back in for 24 hours. But for those ten minutes, Oliver can manifest a sort of energy called “The Void”. He’s still learning how to make them work—and what they can do. But so far, he’s been able to swing around on lightning ropes, create energy shields, energy-propelled acrobatics, and leaps, and even heal injuries when he “Powers Up”. But there seems to be some sort of darkness underneath the powers, one connected to an immortal evil… and he just might have to deal with that evil this season.

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Do you play with the time elements visually?

Comics are all about playing with every element in a visual way. Our story deals with time, so it’s a natural expression. But the idea is to visually inhabit every element of the story from time to place to character to plot. If it’s not visual—it doesn’t belong in comics.

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This connects to The Resistance series by J. Michael Straczynski, right?

It does! E-Ratic is in another place of AWA’s shared universe both stylistically and story-wise—but it all connects. The same way Spider-Man would connect to the X-Men when I was growing up. My older brother loved X-Men but I was more of a Spider-Man fan. Different stories, different tones, but a shared universe. You don’t have to read one to enjoy the other, and they don’t interconnect (yet) but I was really attracted to the idea of a larger universe.

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Oliver’s costume has a unique look to it. Can you tell us what went into creating that look?

I was really interested in creating a real superhero costume and one based around an animal. Something people despised. A rat seemed great! It gave me a chance to make ‘ears’ and a ‘tail’ and ‘claws’. I feel like great superhero costumes sort of fell away for a while and it was a great opportunity to bring one back. And it was important to have a mask. In my world, the actual heroes are the ones that hide their heroics. Not looking to be celebrated for them. So, I wanted to give Oliver a real cost to be discovered. Which is fun because his new girlfriend happens to be a fame-obsessed YouTuber.

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Looking forward, what can readers expect from E-Ratic 2: Recharged?

KA: E-Ratic was the first time my kids ever begged me to do more of a comic. And I’m looking to create that same response. The goal here is to fill the void of superheroics in superhero comics. Even if it’s only for ten minutes a day!

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ARTISTS WRITERS & ARTISANS INC
E-RATIC TP
(W) Kaare Andrews (A/CA) Kaare Andrews
You're fifteen years old. You're suddenly granted incredible powers. Cool, right? There's only one problem: you can only
use your powers for ten minutes at a time. What do you do when you have to save the world but you only have ten
minutes to do it? This is the problem faced by Oliver Leif, a teenager who has just moved to a new town, and a new
school, and is having a hard enough time navigating classes and his crush before the inter-dimensional monsters started
showing up.
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $9.99
PREVIEWS Page #278

AWA
E RATIC RECHARGED #1 CVR A ANDREWS
(W) Kaare Andrews (A/CA) Kaare Andrews
Recharge complete! The teenage hero with superpowers that only work for ten minutes a day is back to save the world again as he navigates even more pressing perils: young love, bullies, a broken family and the gauntlet that is high school. This time, young Oliver Leif is teamed with a barbarian princess who claims to be from another dimension. Spinning from
the pages of The Resistance, E-Ratic combines electric action, teen drama, and pure comics fun.
In Shops: Sep 07, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #264

AWA
E RATIC RECHARGED #1 CVR B DEODATO JR
(W) Kaare Andrews (A) Kaare Andrews (CA) Mike Deodato
Recharge complete! The teenage hero with superpowers that only work for ten minutes a day is back to save the world again as he navigates even more pressing perils: young love, bullies, a broken family and the gauntlet that is high school. This time, young Oliver Leif is teamed with a barbarian princess who claims to be from another dimension. Spinning from
the pages of The Resistance, E-Ratic combines electric action, teen drama, and pure comics fun.
In Shops: Sep 07, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #264

AWA
E RATIC RECHARGED #2 (OF 4) CVR A ANDREWS
(W) Kaare Andrews (A/CA) Kaare Andrews
Recharge complete! The teenage hero with superpowers that only work for ten minutes a day is back to save the world again as he navigates even more pressing perils: young love, bullies, a broken family and the gauntlet that is high school.This time, young Oliver Leif is teamed with a barbarian princess who claims to be from another dimension. Spinning from the pages of The Resistance, E-Ratic combines electric action, teen drama, and pure comics fun.
In Shops: Oct 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #269

AWA
E RATIC RECHARGED #3 (OF 4)
(W) Kaare Andrews (A/CA) Kaare Andrews
Recharge complete! The teenage hero with superpowers that only work for ten minutes a day is back to save the world
again as he navigates even more pressing perils: young love, bullies, a broken family and the gauntlet that is high school.
This time, young Oliver Leif is teamed with a barbarian princess who claims to be from another dimension. Spinning from
the pages of The Resistance, E-Ratic combines electric action, teen drama, and pure comics fun.
In Shops: Nov 30, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #282

AWA
E RATIC RECHARGED #4 (OF 4)
(W) Kaare Andrews (A/CA) Kaare Andrews
You're fifteen years old. You're suddenly granted incredible powers. Cool, right? There's only one problem: you can only use your powers for ten minutes at a time. What do you do when you have to save the world but you only have ten minutes to do it? This is the problem faced by Oliver Leif, a teenager who has just moved to a new town, and a new school, and is having a hard enough time navigating classes and his crush before the inter-dimensional monsters started showing up.
In Shops: Feb 08, 2023
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #282

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Troy-Jeffrey Allen is the producer and co-host of PREVIEWSworld Weekly. His comics work includes MF DOOM: All Caps, Public Enemy's Apocalpyse '91, Fight of the Century, the Harvey Award-nominated District Comics, and the Ringo Award-nominated Magic Bullet.

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