Black Summer is an eight-issue (#0-#7, May, 2007-July, 2008) comic miniseries written by Warren Ellis & drawn by Juan Jose Ryp in their third(and to date, final) collaboration, and published by Avatar Press. On July 3, 2006, the president of the United States is assassinated by John Horus, the most powerful member of a superhero group called The Seven Guns. After claiming that the president and his advisers had all been criminals, and that they were just being brought to justice, John Horus then orders the nation to go about re-electing new leaders, while making it clear that he won't tolerate anyone coming after him.This sets off a chain of events that makes the government start hunting down the remaining members of The Seven Guns, including Tom Noir, one of the original Guns who disappeared after another member and lover, Laura, was killed in a bombing. Making matters worse is that one of the people hunting them is Frank Blacksmith, an unofficial "eighth" member of the team who had been thought dead. With the whole U.S. military after them, Tom and the other Guns must figure out how to survive, and what to do about John Horus.
Armor-Piercing Attack: The Guns' guns shoot incredibly powerful bullets. When Tom gets his in his flashback, it's said to be capable of shooting through a tank.
Beware the Superman: When John goes bad, he proves himself completely invulnerable to conventional military weapons, up to and including nuclear strikes. The remaining Seven Guns also manage to hold off military attacks, although no attempt is made to nuke them. Flashbacks reveal that Frank Blacksmith (and to an extent, Tom Noir) was explicitly concerned about this trope when the Seven Guns were developing their abilities.
Bottomless Magazines: A "respawning function" in the Guns' guns apparently makes it possible for them to keep running on a single clip unless they use so much ammo so fast that it doesn't have time to replenish itself.
Bulletproof Human Shield: Justified in the case of Dominic Atlas Hyde's corpse, considering the extent of his body armor. Bullets enter the corpse, but apparently don't exit.
By the Power of Grayskull!: The Seven Guns use spoken code words to activate their implants, although only three are ever revealed(Tom's is "Bakerstreet", Dominic's is "Herakles", and Katherine's is "Miyamoto".)
Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Zoe claims this is what happened to the rest of the Seven Guns, since they "don't ever switch their enhancements off". However, given the flashbacks seen during the story, one really has to wonder whether maybe they were going already...
Cyborg: The Seven Guns get all of their superpowers through cybernetics. Based on the explanations of Angel-One's flight systems, and the "ninja cripple tricks" we see Tom Noir display among many other powers, the Seven Guns apparently have extremely extensive body-modifications.
Evil Knockoffs: Frank has a squad of similarly-enhanced soldiers prepared to take down the Guns.
The Faceless: Laura Torch. She's been dead for years at the start of the book, and her death was a major turning point for several characters, but the flashbacks never reveal what she looked like. All we know is that she and Tom Noir were a couple, and that her Gun was terrifyingly powerful in an undefined way.
Faceless Eye: John Horus's Gun enhancement is a fleet of levitating eyes.
Obliviously Evil: According to Tom, Horus is so convinced of his own Incorruptible Pure Pureness that he simply doesn't realise how his actions can be considered wrong. The other Guns save Tom (Blacksmith included) suffer from this as well to a lesser degree.
Tom Noir: "You want to change the nature of justice in America and you kill a president? What did you think that made you? Two-fisted Super-Jesus for the American Way? It made you Lee Harvey Oswald, you prick. You know what? Lots of people hated John F. Kennedy. He barely got elected. But Lee Harvey Oswald isn't remembered as an American hero. Just a prick with a gun who killed the president. That's you now, John."
Spikes of Villainy: One of the Evil Knockoffs sent after the Guns has spikes on her boots, and the one that tries to kill Tom early in the story has retractable spikes in his forearm.
Ellis: ...masked adventurers on the run are not going to be pursued, tricked and trapped by their estranged colleagues. Every last one of them is going to be hunted by the combined forces of the US military structure. It is, to my mind, what would always happen — the streets of America would be secured by soldiers and gun emplacements and helicopters against the threat of the flying superhuman. And for those who think I’m being anti-American, consider this: in Britain, we’d just have the SAS kill them in their beds. You people are young, and have not yet learned how to do business.
Women Are Wiser: The living female members of the Guns (Zoe, Kathryn, Angela) do manage to avoid having their Berserk Buttons pushed compared to the men— and it's the practically-a-Blood Knight Kathryn Artemis (just read her flashback in issue 6) who says "We also have a responsibility to this city, and we haven't done right by that. We've been crazy for too long, girls." This may be why they all survive. (It's hinted in flashbacks that Laura Torch may have also been the most grounded member of the entire Seven.)
Wretched Hive: The city where the Seven Guns got their start was an incredibly corrupt near-police-state before they cleaned it up.
X-Ray Vision: Tom has this, though instead of actual x-rays, it "provides realtime sonar imaging on a sliding level. You'll be able to see directly into any target with surgical precision: outer layers of clothing, weapons, devices, internal organs, bones." When he's using it to look at a super-mook's nervous system, it resembles Vein-O-Vision.
You're Insane!: Said by John Horus, when called out on his stupidity by Kathy Artemis.