The titular supervillain of Richard Sala's deliciously over-the-top crime webcomic, Super-Enigmatix, is the puppet master behind most of the world's crime. He can make dogs attack their owners or place human-eating plants in the local botanical gardens—and he's always surrounded by beautiful henchwomen. Can he be stopped? Should he be stopped?

Sala's vibrant comics often express a deep appreciation for pop cultural tropes, and there are more than a few classic villains in Super-Enigmatix's DNA. He's responsible for sewing chaos across the nation, but he lays claim to lofty ideals. He has an army of talented and beautiful female minions, but is deeply in love with one woman. He wears a hood to mask his identity, but wants his name revealed to the right people at the right time. He is secretly every crime lord, every hate radio shock jock. He can be as delicate as a spider, or he can race around dissolving people with his raygun. He is hated and feared and beloved. He is a web of contradictions, all of them incredibly fun to watch.


Sala both gleefully pushes genre conventions to their breaking point and calls them out, so that one moment we'll see a scene like this:

And a little while later, something like this:


Sala never allows for a dull moment, but even while Super-Enigmatix is packed to the gills, racing from one piece of plot to the next, it's anchored by the comic's apparent heroes. Former detective Natalie Charms teams up with the retired Inspector Jory and his silent grandson George to bring down Super-Enigmatix once and for all. But when she finally comes face to masked face with the villain, who will come out victorious? All that matters is that we get plenty of pulpy fun along the way.



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