Quantum Teens Are Go #1

8 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 8/10

The premise is such a cool one. Time-traveling, teen age scavengers romping through time.

Too bad we don't get to see much of that this issue.

Quantum Teens Are Go #1
(W) Magdalene Visaggio, (A) Eryk Donovan, (C) Claudia Aguirre
Black Mask Studios
2017

Mad science is the punkest s*** there is. Teenage sweethearts Nat & Sumesh spend their nights breaking into abandoned superlabs to steal the parts they need to build a time machine – and they’ve just found the most important part. But mysterious entities keep trying to stop them turning it on. Now all they’ve gotta do is hang on long enough to figure out why. Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and Eryk Donovan (Memetic) bring you a high-octane adventure full of robots, muscle cars, and queer-a** skater punks.

Quantum Teens Are Go starts off strong, with two of our leads on an daring raid for salvage technology in a warehouse protected by a robot army. But things level out from there, and at least for this issue, never really pick up again. There’s a lot of elements to introduce, a rough home life, problems at school, an exciting new discovery, and an application process that could change the rest of their lives, but I wonder if it ALL needed to be front loaded like it is. As it is, the first few pages are far and away the best, and the remainder just seems to coast along. I’ll forgive a slow issue first issue, that’s one of the things I complain about most in the industry, but I hope future issues are better paced.

The art is quite nice in the book. They manage realistic, futuristic, and just a bit of Mad Max all at the same time, and they do it well. The world is colorful and solid, the characters are unique and interesting, and the action is pretty dynamic. There is one thing that bothers me, however – the magical stormtrooper t-shirt. Our lead nerd-type wears a purple shirt with a stormtrooper mask emblazoned across the front… in some panels. I’d say there’s at least a 25% chance the stormtrooper isn’t there in any given panel, though, and it seems to always be the ones in which it would have been hardest to draw. If this is some nested “the stormtrooper is MISSING, get it?” joke, all is forgiven. But if it’s just pure oversight or laziness, just give the dude a purple shirt and call it quits. Much better, in my opinion, a plain shirt that is consistent, than trying and failing to do something cooler.

I do feel like I’m going to love the story. The foundation is solid, and the characters are fun an quirky right off. I love the EXXIE community and everywhere that could go, and the idea of hopping through time in future issues is downright exciting. And I will say this, though I still feel it’s awkward to acknowledge things such as this with no context, but I love the handling of a character going through transition. Mention it once, then treat that person as the gender the identify as, end of story. Very classy. I don’t know how everyone will feel about a transgender character, but it doesn’t bother me in the least, and it’s good to see it done right.

In the future, I could see myself going either way on Quantum Teens. I like what we have, but there’s two problems with issue #1, and they’re pretty big. Even out the pacing, and stop making me think about the magical t-shirt is just you being lazy or incapable, and I’ll probably read the series for a long time. But both those things could be symptoms of much bigger problems. As it is, I feel safe saying to check out the premiere and hope for the best. A little faith isn’t a bad thing, and at least you’ll have fun along the way.

 

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