Boundless/Avatar Press 2015
Written & Illustrated by Christian Zanier
Coloured by Digikore Studios
We all know that Boundless/Avatar is known for their adult oriented material, they aren’t afraid of showing the female form in all its glory but by the same token the artwork also tends to be extremely detailed, vibrant and just very well done. This is no exception the premise of the book is how our lead character, Ember, gains super-powers. It’s actually a very well written, smart look at the beginnings of a woman getting her start and the transformation in her personality that comes along with those powers.
This is not going to be for everyone you have to have absolutely no problems with seeing boobs and nipples constantly. Not only that but damn someone really likes his boob nipple too because i’ve never seen them look so real in comics before. Christian I understand your love of them but woah reign in a little because you don’t need so many nipple shots the story is strong and good enough that all the gratuitous nudity isn’t all that necessary. Now if you are going to showcase men with just as detailed junk i’m all for the continued boobage.
Story wise i’m really impressed here with the whole concept of it and it is really extremely well thought out and executed. That we get her narrative about being a hero so publicly with so such great references to modern social media really grounds it in the here and now. Also the introduction of her main nemesis was well handled too. This zero issue really is impressive in the fact that it works as an introduction to Ember her world and the people in her life. Also while we get the gist of what happened to her there’s enough left open to explore it further and see how the accident that changed her really happened and why.
So she wanted to be a supermodel and was not the brightest crayon in the box but once the accident happened she became more serious about life and her decision to really help people. With great power and all that right well she believes that and it’s interesting to see and hear her friends and even the villain remark upon it. Now the bad girl here is like a modern day She-Hulk without the green skin full of rage and anger over her transformation which coincidentally happened pretty much the same way Ember’s did. Their discussion was good I liked that Ember didn’t want to fight her but wanted her to use her new gifts for good and wanted to genuinely help her. The characterization here on both sides is darn solid.
Her supporting cast is introduced here as well her best friend and roommate Beth and the handsome blonde i’m going out on a limb and saying FBI agent, as of yet unnamed, providing her with support and guidance already have piqued my interest.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Boundless and Avatar books which might seem odd to most people but I do but even I am shocked at the costume design here which is nothing more than an excuse for each battle to showcase boobs and nipples not to mention maybe the nether regions. It really is stereotypical fanboy vision of women he’ll never get kind of stuff but is incredibly gorgeously rendered. The scene during the fight where ember buries her under the street by melting it and then letting it harden around her was powerful stuff so why does it need all that nudity? Christian has some extremely mad skills as both a writer and illustrator and to make this NC-17 at least well I dunno if it’s necessary he’s good enough not to really need to go there. Guess it’s a personal decision.
So ya don’t mind seeing that I recommend this, the series itself starts in the Fall. It’s a great concept, extremely well executed and beautifully illustrated.