He’s the hero we deserve, but not the one we need right now. Wait, no, scratch that, Marijuanaman is exactly the hero we need, especially today! Sprouting in a comic book store near you is the creation of a “joint” venture between Ziggy Marley and Image Comics. Releasing on the ubiquitous holiday, April 20th is a no brainer for a cannabis-themed super hero. But Marijuanaman doesn’t sit on the couch all day, smokin’ fatties and eating Cheetos. Here’s the rundown on the green crime-fighter from io9,
Regular humans’ genetic makeup is built out of DNA — but Marijuanaman’s genes are made out of THC… Sedona [is] an alien who travels to Earth from the planet Yelram. Sedona finds that he has a particular affinity with Earth’s biosphere, and then he makes a connection with one plant in particular. But he’s faced with an evil corporation that wants to sell a synthetic marijuana substitute called GanjaRex — and the corporation sends a deadly monster named Cash-Money to destroy Marijuanaman and his nature-loving friends.
He’s green for the environment, not just weed. But obviously marijuana plays a large role in both his origin as well as his crusade. Marley was inspired to create Marijuanaman after learning about the usefulness of the plant, besides getting high. Hemp can be used to create papers, plastics and even fuel and is less harmful for the environment than many of the oil-based products we’re using today. It’s a rich resource we’re denying ourselves because it’s linked to the evil weed.
Marijuanaman travels to our world in seek of help for his own, whose THC atmosphere is being depleted not unlike our Ozone. Here he meets a community of people living in harmony with nature as well as the cannabis plant. He realizes his connection with the plant and from it gains superpowers. But it’s important to note he doesn’t smoke the plant to gain his powers. Marley explains,
Nobody can say he’s a bad influence because he smokes. He doesn’t smoke. But he still gets his power from marijuana anyway.
Now he’s got a friend named, Smokestack who does smoke, I’m guessing a lot with name like that. Industries like the pharmaceuticals are afraid of marijuana, as are tobacco and alcohol. It’s competition, and they want none of it. But hopefully Marijuanaman can shed some light on the positivity of the plant. That’s Marley’s hopes anyway,
Hemp and other alternative energies could be used, but they don’t want to do that. They’re okay with the risk of… destroying the environment to have oil. They’re not okay with the risk of somebody smoking weed. We want to use him to just shed a light for this world to see, for the common people to see. Somebody to speak the truth about the plant. Somebody who stands up for the plant. And still, he doesn’t smoke.
It’s a good choice in making him a non-smoker. Smoking is bad, it doesn’t matter what you smoke it’s always bad for your health. But so is drinking too much booze, or coffee or soda. All the sugar and fat we consume, we’re doing a lot worse to ourselves everyday. I also don’t think it’s coincidence Earth Day and 4/20 fall on the same week. Okay, maybe it is, I don’t have any proof. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t roll yourself a nice joint and head outside with a trash bag and clean up our planet for bit, man.
Marijanaman is written by Joe Casey with art by Jim Mahfood. Like I mentioned earlier, you might be a little stoned and forgot, but Marijuanaman releases today. Sober yourself enough to drive to the comic shop and snag yourself a copy of this cannabis-lovin’ hero.
Below the jump check out some promotional videos featuring art from the book set to the tunes from Marley himself.