Writer: Julio Anta
Artist: Anna Wieszczyk
Colourist: Bryan Valenza
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
On Sale: 19th May 2021
After a grueling journey from Guatemala to the US-Mexico border everything goes wrong leaving Juan on his own.
PLOT AND STORY
When Juan is separated from his mother, something begins to change in him. His hands begin to glow and eventually, the stress and trauma of his experience in an immigrant detention center proves too much. Before he knows it, his glowing hands evolve into an explosion and Juan escapes.
Julio Anta splits this issue into two equally emotional halves. The first being young Juan escaping from the detention centre, frantically trying to contact his aunt. The second half continues with Mercedes struggles inside the detention centre as she desperately seeks the whereabouts of her son, unaware of his powers.
This story has so much emotion and so much realism to its narrative yet im drawing a strong vibe and even comparison to Spiderman. The story of a boy and his journey discovering his powers in a world he is blissfully unaware of.
Reading this book at times feels like an actual movie broken down into still frames. I enjoy the way every page is laid out and how the final panel on every page entices you to turn the page as quickly as possible. Anna Wieszczyk has created a style which has many similarities to other mediums. For example a few pages at the start when Juan is on the run reminded me of the cartoon Dora the Explorer but then as you turn the page and Juan’s powers kick in it feels like a Pokemon comic.
Colours are provided by Bryan Valenza as this issue continues with its subtle earthy tones. Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou again on lettering duty which blends well into the pages and helps the story flow naturally.
This issue drives the story by slowly revealing more of Juan’s powers but takes some huge steps forward in potential. The introduction of a new character gives Juan’s journey more optimism while his mother Mercedes’ future is still at great risk. This story feels honest and real with a wonderful element of fantasy.
I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of Image comics and their respective owners.