Release: December 26th 2017
I received a copy of Superb: Life After The Fallout from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Superb is part of the Catalyst Prime lineup from Lion Forge. The ultimate goal from this collection of series is to create a comprehensive world capable of competing with DC Comics and Marvel. I’ll be honest, while I had high hopes for Catalyst Prime (us fans win when there’s comic competition), I was very worried about Catalyst Prime, right up until I read Superb. Now I’m convinced they have something. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this world, specifically with these characters, but I’ll take what I can get.
Superb: Life After the Fallout is a pretty apt title for this volume. The small city of Youngstown has been shaken to its core following the events of the Fallout. After meteorites started crashing down to Earth, people, teenagers mostly, started showing symptoms of being enhanced. While this sounds like any comic book lovers dream come true, it comes with some very real dangers. Like losing control and/or being hunted down by a government organization (man, I hope they’re a government organization).
This is the life Kayla and Jonah have been living ever since their school was blown up by an enhanced kid that lost control. Granted, Kayla wasn’t there at the time (a fact that nobody seems willing to let her forget), but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t affected by it.
I really loved this series, the characters (specifically Kayla and Jonah) were compelling, and I immediately found myself caring for their success and wellbeing. Kayla is spunky, and while I immediately assumed she was an enhanced in hiding (why else would she be acting that cagey?), the revelation was still really well done. Meanwhile Jonah is a stubborn, well-meaning kid who’s playing at being a superhero. I say playing mostly because I’m not sure he fully understands the danger he’s in, or the repercussions for his actions (don’t worry, Kayla understands all of that, and does her best to take care of him).
The villains for this series are perfect; they’re threatening while also having the appearance of being official and well-intended. In my opinion this makes a fantastic setup for a long term plot arc, one that could span beyond the characters introduced here (which I’d be fine with, give me more!).
I can now safely say I’ve been pulled into the Catalyst Prime-verse, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I hope we see more of these kids in the very near future. I’m assuming all of the series so far will get a second volume, but I find myself hoping that this one in particular will (it always seems like my favorites get cancelled with the other publishers, so this has made me paranoid). Here’s hoping!