AMIGOMAN™ – The Story
AMIGOMAN™ is a the bilingual comic book superhero based in the fictional city of Del Oro (Oropeza uses Kansas City as Del Oro’s model/backdrop). This masked Latino Avenger is a twenty-something high school teacher by day named Antonio F. Alvarado, and a masked vigilante out for justice by night (Amigoman™).
He’s on a mission. He is not on a mission to save the world, or to rid the crime off the streets of the city of Del Oro, but to catch the band of bad guys that hurt and killed his only true friend and the only father figure he ever knew – his abuelo (AKA – Gramps).
Antonio was a street kid, the youngest of three children, and raised by a single mother while his father was either running the streets, in prison, or running around the country causing havoc in other cities. Early in his junior year of high school, Antonio was on the verge of dropping out of high school and planned to join a gang of street hoods (aka friends) led by his childhood best friend.
If not for the chance visit and later small agreement/bet with his almost forgotten grandfather and ex-military man (Gramps), Antonio would have never finished high school, been accepted and completed college, and would have never entered law school. Unfortunately, during his first year at law school, tragedy struck the Alvarado family. Gramps was brutally beaten attempting to help a young lady from random street thugs in a darken alley.
Gramps later falls into a coma, and soon after, Gramps passes away.
Later, with little to no help by the Del Oro PD, Antonio then places law school on hold to find the villains of the crime himself. Planning to head back and finish law school after the killers are brought to justice, Antonio found a tremendous amount of push-back from potential neighboring witnesses, as well as the Del Oro PD of his grandfathers’ beating.
Determined to find the killers of his only trusted friend and beloved family member (next to his mom) Antonio decides to “enter the beast” and search for clues himself without the help of the police. He enters some pretty shady places and finds that most will not give up information and even though he and his family are known in the local neighborhoods, he still receives a tremendous amount of resistance which results in some attempts at bodily harm towards him.
He then decides to take a leap of faith and attempts to hide his identity and puts on a mask accompanied with a fake Spanish accent (since he is a third generation American who speaks perfect English) to conduct even more serious investigations.
Again, Antonio experiences more bodily when he goes looking for answers. He then decides to build his own body armor with the intent to not look like a comic book superhero or to be the savior of the city of Del Oro, his plans again do not work out. As fate would have it, and having no super powers, with the help of an ally Antonio was able to “obtain” the technology needed to create protective armor gear. Eventually the protective armor gear morphs into a comic book-like uniform/costume. – with a cape, which incorrectly leads the public to believe he is a community vigil-anti.
With his evening stakeouts and investigations, he is spotted by an underground female techie (eye in the sky and ear to the ground) ally (AKA Number One), who reaches out to the AMIGOMAN™ to assist him in his quest to find the killers.
But, also not planned, while he investigates the murder of his grandfather, various unexpected villains of various levels pop-up in the city of Del Oro robbing and looting various businesses and schools. Our so-called hero AMIGOMAN™ cannot look away. He attempts to catch these various villains and puts others on alert, while the citizens of the City of Del Oro catch wind of it and feel a positive breath of hope in their latino communities. This is the the opposite of his intent, and not part of his plan. His good deeds have led some to believe he is a hero with hope that he will protect the city and bring crime to a halt – which could not be farther from the truth.
Soon he is nick-named “Amigoman™” by the media – again, not part of the plan.
So the story, the pain, the legend and endless broken plans continue, in the search for the killers of his grandfather. His plan now is to not get torn to shreds, pay his bills, and to then return to law school so that he can complete his promise to his grandfather and come back to serve his community as a lawyer to help the less fortunate.