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Drugs and drink drive hero in 'Buzzkill'

Drugs and drink drive hero in 'Buzzkill'
This image provided by Dark Horse Comics shows Ruben, the protagonist in Donny Cates' and Mark Reznicek's "Buzzkill" . Cates called the four-part mini-series, out Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 and illustrated by artist Geoff Shaw and colored by Lauren Affe, a sobering look at the relationship between power and addiction and “the very real consequences of both” on a person and their livelihood. (AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics)
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For some heroes, power comes from the stars or a mutation or a secret experiment gone awry.

Ruben, the protagonist of Dark Horse Comics' "Buzzkill" needs only to tip back a beer or take a prescription pill in large amounts.

Such is the foundation of his powers as created by writers Donny Cates and Mark Reznicek but it's a tough path for Ruben who finds himself down and out after a blackout-infused bender leaves him with blood on his hands and a drive to stay sober.

But sobriety is just what his enemies want so Ruben must find the balance between knocking back booze to keep his super strength at full force and his enemies at bay.

And that, Cates says, isn't easy when you're trying to stay sober.
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