Mythical superheroes led by ‘Pan Twardowski’ battle Covid-19 in new comic book aimed at showing importance of solidarity

The superheroes make their way across Poland and Europe to meet doctors and scientists as they combat the killer virus and fake news before finally tracking down “an insidious enemy who wants to use the situation to implement his evil plans.” Press materials

A new comic book set in Poland follows the adventures of a group of mythical Covid-fighting superheroes as they battle against the ‘forces of evil’.

Set in the fictional world of PanEuropa and led by Pan Twardowski who is described as ‘a master of the secret arts’, he and his colleagues Athena, Basilisk, Jerome and Sendivogius, make their way across Poland and Europe to meet doctors and scientists as they combat the killer virus and fake news before finally tracking down “an insidious enemy who wants to use the situation to implement his evil plans.” 

Witold Naturski, acting Director of the Representation of the European Commission in Poland which is behind the comic, said: “The story presented in the comic is fictional but the circumstances and problems that Europe had to deal with are obviously real.

Set in the fictional world of PanEuropa, the heroes led by Pan Twardowski find themselves not only battling against the evil that is ‘Pseudologoi social media solutions’, a reference to the misinformation that was spread online via real world social media giants, but also mythical figures, an illegal vaccine auction, selfish governments and price-gouging corporations.Press materials

“The SARS CoV-2 virus has put Europe and its societies to a severe test.

“The European Union - like PanEuropa - was not idle. European services and institutions took action even before the virus appeared in the Union.

“Solidarity helps the heroes of PanEuropa in their struggles - it was similar in 2020 and 2021 in Europe. Thanks to solidarity, we survived the worst. Now it's time to rebuild!”

The heroes also travel back in time in Poland to how locals overcame an outbreak of smallpox with over 100,000 residents being vaccinated in only two days.Press materials

The third instalment of the PanEuropa series, the comic’s multinational heroes who represent the European Union work together for the greater good.

Previous editions saw them dealing with smog and protecting Europe’s cultural heritage.

In the new Covid-19 book, the heroes find themselves not only battling against the evil that is ‘Pseudologoi social media solutions’, a reference to the misinformation that was spread online via real world social media giants, but also mythical figures, an illegal vaccine auction, selfish governments and price-gouging corporations.

Dr.Tomasz Karauda from the University Clinical Hospital in Łódź and who is also featured in the comic said: “The world is still basically a community of people, like you and me, ready to inspire others with their attitude, engagement and their dream to make the world a better and healthier place to live.Tomasz Karauda/Facebook

The help the European Union offered during the early stages of the pandemic is brought to life in a sequence in Brussels but even in the centre of the European Union the misinformation is sowing seeds of unrest.

One speech bubble in the comic warns: “People smothered by fear will listen to anyone playing on their basic instincts!”

The heroes also travel back in time to when Wrocław overcame a smallpox outbreak and how citizens' cooperation quickly overcame the problem with over 100,000 residents being vaccinated in only two days.

Witold Naturski, acting Director of the Representation of the European Commission in Poland which is behind the comic, said: “Solidarity helps the heroes of PanEuropa in their struggles - it was similar in 2020 and 2021 in Europe. Thanks to solidarity, we survived the worst. Now it's time to rebuild!”Press materials

The flashback showed that through proper cooperation and people following the guidelines, something that was estimated to last for two years and infect 2,000 people was defeated in only four months with two deaths.

Dr.Tomasz Karauda from the University Clinical Hospital in Łódź and who is also featured in the comic said: “The world is still basically a community of people, like you and me, ready to inspire others with their attitude, engagement and their dream to make the world a better and healthier place to live.

“Heroes of today are not only health professionals but also all those who got vaccinated.”

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Previous editions of the comic saw the superheroes dealing with smog and protecting Europe’s cultural heritage.Press materials

The animated adventure has been brought to life by writer Tobiasz Piątkowski and illustrators Wojciech Stefaniec and Rafał Szłapa.

The 39-page book has a number of front covers honouring each of the cities who have helped in its creation and publication, including Darłowo, Katowice, Łódź and Wrocław.

The comic can be accessed as a PDF, as can the previous instalments of the Paneuropa story, ‘Paneuropa vs. Pandemonium’ and ‘Paneuropa vs. Smog’.