POACHER - artwork from the Original Graphic Vignette (OGV)
For those who prefer their superhero to be a darker soul who doesn't mind walking in the shadows, Poacher may be your guy. Poacher is a troubled soul, but one looking for redemption and a way to "fix his head."
After 10 years in the middle east as a special operations problem solver, a man hopes to leave the pain and trauma behind and start a new life. He enrolls in college to travel a fresh path, but his plan unravels. During his second week on campus, he suffers an alcohol-fueled PTSD episode and beats a dog to death at a Frat party.
The College Disciplinary Advisory Board gives him a choice: community service working with animals, or face expulsion and felony animal abuse charges. He volunteers in an animal studies lab and takes part in a beta test for an interspecies brain-to-brain interface unit to determine if animals have the capacity for self-awareness. Things don't go well.
The experiment leaves him with a unique side effect — he finds that he is attracted to and can absorb the unfiltered sensory data of abused animals. His case is so unique, they have to create a name for it -- interspecies neural synesthesia. But not all is doom and gloom and his Ground Hound Day sentence of experiencing their abuse is temporary. He discovers he can shed the horrific non-human experiences if he locates the person who created them — the abuser.
Like a shark picking up on the distress signals of a wounded fish, he is drawn to the abuser and in a process he does not understand, transfers the PTSD to the abuser by physically touching them in a sort of reverse Vulcan Mind Meld, leaving them with their very own self - inflicted posttraumatic stress disorder.
Some people follow the money to find the bad guys. Poacher follows the pain.
Poacher is a neutron bomb for humans and the ultimate super hero for the animal kingdom, delivering justice in its rawest form!