Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Emi Lenox
What do you do when the great superhero that protects your city is found by you and your group of “acquaintances” in a forest after a fatal battle? You hide the body of course! And take the blood of said superhero, just in case you can transfer her superpowers to yourself, also you don’t tell anyone so that the villains don’t realize the great hero is gone. These kids sure are smart!
Jeff Lemire is one of my favourite writers and artists. I’ve found the previous works of his I’ve read, well written, drawn, and developed, this one is just as great. His characters are always layered and diverse, these kids are not different. During the first issue’s beginning few pages, we get one page per character that details a small part of that character’s life, having to do with their family or their pastimes. This is used effectively to explain why they all act the way they act, and how that particular aspect of their lives affects how they treat others, whether they are friends, family, or strangers, and how such attitudes can change.
Emi Lenox did a fantastic job as well when it came to the art. The style she uses is very simplistic, and not as detailed, resembling pencil drawings that have been a bit enhanced. Because of the coloured pencils appearance, we get a lot of opaque colours, which work fantastically with the grittiness of what has happened.
It is a fantastic series, and I am still unsure if I want them to leave the ending how they did, or if I want more information on what happened before and after the last issue. UTTERLY FANTASTIC!!!
I was weary of this story. It had a promising start, and it delivers, for the most part. It holds the title of an intriguing story, until the last issue happened, which left me conflicted on what to make of the entire thing. I am still unsure if I liked the tone it took, or if I thought it too easy.
The magic that originally drew me to it was still there. The power dynamics left as ingrained in society without question, from the way people view Sculpted, to the way the city is constructed with all its levels, to the extremist living in and out of the main setting, all remained an important part of the story. All of the racism, xenophobia, and classicism is still thoroughly explored, either as backdrop or right-in-face. That is what this comic does best, explore interesting topics in a fun manner, involving powers and science, like a less evolved x-man. And it remained quite interesting through my many re-reads, yet the last issue added a new theme, which in many scenarios I deem necessary to be discussed and explored by authors and artists, however in this instance, I was left unsure. Was it a clever form to simply add it and let the reader ponder, or was it added because there was no other resolution to the story?
The art is exceptional as always. It is sharp and simple, with amazing colouring, which matches perfectly with the science-fiction and fantasy vibe. It is not smooth, and it shows a diverse cast of creatures, all quite interesting. I would not mind if the story were continued in other series.
I still recommend everyone to read it. It is fun, quick, filled with vibrant colours, and it brings interesting issues to be discussed. Practically, all I want in a good comic. Plus, it has LGBT+ relationships in, we certainly need more of those in media.