Superb: Life After The Fallout by David F. Walker #BookReview

Title: Superb: Life After The Fallout | AuthorDavid F. WalkerDr. Sheena C. Howard | Illustrator: Ray-Anthony Height | Publisher: Lion Forge Comics | Pub. Date: 2017-12-26 | Pages: 152 | ISBN13: 9781941302408 | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: I received a copy from Netgalley for review consideration

Superb: Life After The Fallout

After the Earth survived annihilation from an asteroid which was destroyed by a group of heroic astronauts, the resultant meteor shower turned Youngstown, Ohio, into a Level 5 impact zone. After a Columbine-like incident in which a superpowered teenager exploded and killed other youngsters, the Foresight Corporation took over Youngstown to find and regulate any other teenagers with emerging powers.

Kayla Tate has returned to Youngstown because her parents are scientists for Foresight. Kayla has reunited with her childhood friend, Jonah Watkins, a young man with Down syndrome. Kayla and Jonah are learning about each other again, as a mysterious new superhuman named Cosmosis has become the Internet sensation as the hero of Youngstown. Kayla discovers that Cosmosis . . . is Jonah! Based on his favorite comic book hero, Jonah is using the secret powers he gained from the meteor shower to help people and fight bad guys. To protect Jonah, and discover the sinister mysteries of her town, Kayla uses her own powers gained from a meteor fragment to fight alongside Jonah as the hero Amina.

When Amina and Cosmosis discover that young superpowered people are being kidnapped and trained to become Earth’s best line of defense against the possibility of an alien invasion, the two teenage heroes use their abilities to stop Foresight, all the while helping each other navigate through resentment, naivete, and the awkward steps of rekindling their friendship. Book cover for Superb: Life After the Fallout

Superb: Life After the Fallout Review

I really wanted to like Superb: Life After The Fallout, but unfortunately it just never clicked with me. The majority of this can be put down to the fact that when it comes to these types of stories, it’s very hit or miss with me. I really loved the graphic novel I read previous to this – Generation Gone – so I was hopeful, but ultimately disappointed.

I liked the diversity represented in Superb: Life After The Fallout. The Down Syndrome representation is, to my knowledge, ground-breaking in superhero graphic novels. That, combined with Kayla being African American, and Abbie (who plays a lesser role) being a heavier-set Asian, definitely checks a good number of ‘representation needed’ boxes. On the actual representation of someone with Down Syndrome, I can only assume- given the nod from the National Down Syndrome Society in the back of the book – that is accurate and/or believable. I have no relationships or interactions to draw experience from personally.

I had trouble getting into the first couple of issues in Superb: Life After The Fallout. It felt very run of the mill, and just wasn’t particularly the type of story that draws my interest. The third issue hooked me, though, and I was definitely paying more attention from then on out. The last issue in the volume threw me off because it involved none of the characters we knew. Instead it was devoted to the detailing the Event that changed everything. Including a revelation that – sorry — wasn’t even close to being surprising.

There was supposed to be some ‘awkward steps of rekindling their friendship’ but there wasn’t, really. It amounted Kayla just assuming they were best friends again right away, Jonah saying no, they weren’t, not really – and then, presto, stressful events bond them together into a somewhat argumentative superhero team (trio if you count Abbie).

The art for Superb: Life After The Fallout was solid. It’s a realistic style complemented by rich colors when possible. The dialogue is kind of bland. I didn’t encounter anything particularly quote worthy. In terms of things that happen within the story, I did appreciate that Jonah was underestimated because of his having Down Syndrome. Like having an extra chromosome automatically means you can’t kick butt as a superhero. 

I can’t say I was interested enough in Superb: Life After The Fallout to pick up any further issues, but I am very glad it exists. For children with Down Syndrome, having a superhero that has the same thing that they have must be a fantastic thing. I hope the series brings lots of joy to them.

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