An Innovative & Ambitious Thriller
Six students arrive at a prep school and before long, they realize things aren't what they seem and that something else more sinister is going on.
Nick Spencer does a brilliant job scripting this story that immediately sucks you into this world he's created. You can tell he's really planned and thought this out over time which results in a truly innovative story. I don't think I've had the pleasure of reading anything of Spencer's before now, but after reading this I'm definitely going to check out other work he's done.
I love all the elements Spencer has meshed together so well. At first glance you may think this is directed more towards teenagers but it's not. The story revolves around six well developed characters with such different personalities but yet they all have something in common. The added mysteries of this prep school (that have yet to be fully revealed) make for such an interesting read. This first volume is just getting your feet wet to what I believe is the beginning of an awesome series.
The art is by Joe Eisma and it is simply mind-blowing. It compliments Spencer's storytelling so nicely. Eisma does the pencils and the inks. The coloring by Alex Sollazzo is so vibrant and beautiful, it really brings this story to life. For some odd reason, this trade paperback doesn't include the covers which is unfortunate because they were so nice. It also makes it harder to determine the end and beginning of issues without the visual representation.
If you haven't read this new series then you are definitely missing out. I would recommend this to any comic reader. I would refer to this as a more mature Runaways series with a grade-A-storytelling and art presentation.Rating: 5/5