Writer: Magdalene Visaggio
Art: Eryk Donovan
Colors: Claudia Aguirre
Letterer: Zakk Saam
Publisher: BLACK MASK STUDIOS (February 2017)
Meet Natalie. A girl who has recently went through some changes. Meet her boyfriend, Suresh. Suresh is a genius who is working on a machine that will change everything. Together, the two teens raid a company for parts and work their way to be a part of a group of genius known as Odysess. Yet, what happens when robots come a knocking and Suresh’s work might lead to more than they bargained for.
There’s definitely hints of brilliance in Natalie as well as in Suresh, but I think there was just a bit more on the transition for Natalie than some of the other things she brings to the table. Not the worst thing in the world at all just … kinda feel heavyhanded with the transgender commentary.
The moment of the issue:
I would have to say that the opening reminded me of a movie and I enjoyed it.
Black Mask Studios always have books that are very in your face and make some kind of commentary. This actually does that well with a lot of interesting aspects on the classic sci-fi genre while also developing characters that are not outside the norm. A transgender girl and her genius boyfriend who is an orphan. It is great that Visaggio does that with this book. Normally, transgender characters are just supporting characters in most comics. It is not usually to see a transgender character to be a star and not one as engaging and deep as Natalie. She’s a somewhat normal girl. She’s got parents who get on her for being out late. She’s fairly smart and if she doesn’t understand, Natalie just asks. Natalie takes little crap from anyone. It’s pretty damn awesome as Natalie feels very real. Normally, genius are not poor or adopted and Suresh is both. Suresh certainly has a wonderful depth to him between his genius, his relationship with Natalie, his relationship with his adoptive family and his over all impact with the science community that they are apart of. Visaggio takes the time to really bring life to our leads and moves things forward with the plot seamlessly. There’s a lot of cool stuff here between robots, Odyssey, and the build up to what happened at the end of the book. The main plot with our two Quantum Teens wanting to build a time travel machine is intrigue, but Visaggio does a smart move by not spilling all the beans. And the ending was a smart cliffhanger to make readers feel even more invested for what’s to come.
Donovan does a good job creating the world of the Quantum Teens. The over all art is nice and fairly smooth with a bit of grit to it that gives the panel work have charm. Aguirre’s colors are vivid and really brings out Donovan’s line work. Donovan has a strong sense of perspectives and also doesn’t mind don’t panels were the view is overhead or on an angle to give the book a different feel. And Donovan’s versatility is solid as he draws everything from teenage bullying to people who don’t know when to stop to robots attacking humans with weapons that are above conventional weaponry. Donovan certainly does a good job with creating the right atmosphere and Aguirre knocks it out of the park with the right shadows and colors.
Quantum Teens Are Go #1 beings a new chapter. Genius teens from abnormal homes dealing with super science and the trouble that brings. Our leads are very intelligent and very different but make an awesome couple. Natalie and Suresh definitely feel like the kind of couple you root for. The action looks good. The art is solid and the story is strong. And while the transgender card was played a bit much for my tastes, the overall first issue is good. We establish our characters, a bit of their world, the main plot, do some world building and create tension with situations both authentic and extraordinary. Solid job by all.