CWC Comics / Premiere #2 / Drawn April 24, 05
LEGAL: All Sonichu material are Copyrighted March, 2000-2005 by. Christian W. Chandler.
This is the only third issue of Sonichu , and already the title character has been bumped from the cover. Sonichu is at best a supporting character in this issue’s feature story, in which Christian Weston Chandler learns that he is destined to play a crucial role in a Manichean battle that was begun by his ancestors.
There are two important aspects of Mr. Chandler’s life that will influence this tale. One is that his father, the late Robert Chandler, claimed to be descended from at least one Cherokee individual. Chris has latched onto this heritage himself, and has repeatedly boasted of being one-sixteenth Cherokee, apparently referring to one of Robert’s great-grandparents. (However, both men have given conflicting accounts about this ancestry, and it is not clear if even they are certain how distant this ancestor is.) As with anything pertaining to himself, Chris is exceptionally proud to call himself Cherokee; moreover, this connection to the Native American culture grants him the license to give himself an exotic family history full of magical powers.
The other major influence on Sonichu #2 is the lopsided love triangle that developed in 2003 between Chandler (pictured in the center of the cover), his friend Sarah Hammer (right), and her then-boyfriend Wes Iseli (left). Chandler’s accounts on the matter are vague, but they do indicate that he and Ms. Hammer were childhood playmates until he moved away, and that they had little or no contact until her 21st birthday. By that point Chandler’s Love Quest was in full swing and Hammer was a clear objective for him, if not for the fact that she was dating Iseli. Chris clearly had conflicted feelings about the relationship–he was naturally jealous of Iseli but dared not interfere in someone else’s romance. As this story suggests, Chandler assigned special significance to Hammer and Iseli in his life, to the point of exalting them into a pivotal role in the cosmogony of his whole universe. What makes this rather pathetic, though, is that is highly unlikely that either Hammer or Iseli considered him nearly as important as he considered them; the couple had separated by the time this issue was completed, which further derails the dramatic tension of the story’s star-crossed romance and rivalry.
Note the white rabbit sitting in a top hat next to Iseli’s left foot. This is one of several klunky attempts by Chris to add characterization to his rendition of Mr. Iseli, which was presumably difficult since he likely knew very little about the man. Iseli was, and still is, a professional illusionist, so Chris spares no opportunity to associate him with any obvious, cliched magic tricks he can think of.
The blocky images at the top of the page will be seen in more detail later. Suffice it to say right now that they are ancient Cherokee pictographs recording a prophecy about the creation of Sonichu and the realization of Chandler, Hammer, and Iseli’s magic hedgehog powers. As indicated below the inscriptions, each of the three characters learns to use a mystic totem to transform into Sonichu-like creatures. Iseli is shown with his Fireshock Pendant, Chandler with his Sonichu medallion, and Hammer with her Lightning Bracelets.
Inexplicably this comic is labeled “Premiere #2.” I was willing to overlook using the term “premiere” on both #0 and #1, but this is a little much.