Written by Mark Waid & Kwanza Osajyefo
Illustrated by Phil Briones
Coloured by Andrew Crossly with Leonardo Paciarotti
Lettered by A Larger World Studios
The lives of six teenagers are changed forever when tragic chaos ensues in their high school. Now the power to restore order is literally in their hands. It's the first day back at Phoenix Academy High--but this year, there's no back to school excitement in the air, as returning students and faculty are haunted by memories of last year's horrific attack. So many friends and colleagues were lost, and some of those who survived underwent changes--they IGNITED, gaining supernatural abilities they barely understand. Little do they know this is just the beginning...
There is a lot to like about this issue with it’s premise and the ideas that we get from it. Something as horrific as a Mass-Shooting at a Secondary School is going to be a traumatic experience on it’s own. Add into this that the world is fundamentally changing and being are becoming Ignited with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. It would make sense that a number of the student population would gain those abilities. The whole structure behind this new universe is so incredibly strong and has that air of believability to it that most others can’t achieve. Hell even the opening here with a far right nut-job proclaiming this was a hoax rings true to today’s volatile atmosphere.
The way that this is being told is exceptional. I like the way we see things unfold as if we are essentially at ground zero and seeing a mystery unfold before us. The release of information, characters and the surrounding players in this little drama opens up the readers’ mind and engages them in a way that kind of ensures that we become invested and have the desire to know more. This is literally nothing more than a peak inside the school, it’s students and who have powers as it is seen through the eyes of one girl. So while the characterisation is on point we don’t spend anywhere near enough time with anyone other than Anouk. I am not going to complain because what we see here is fresh, new and exciting and if things continue on in this manner then this going to rival the biggies and sit with Catalyst Prime as the two main super-hero based universes I want to read about!
Big fan of the work being done on the interiors here. I am in love with the linework here, seeing cross-hatching as an important tool in creating it makes me one hell of a happy camper. I love seeing the individuality of the people we see and meet, they represent the world we live in today and that more than anything else speaks volumes. Then there are the little things, like that cyst the pimple popper would love to get her hands on, the composition within in the panels where they utilise backgrounds so damn effectively. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a stunning eye for storytelling. The colour work here is extraordinary! How light sources create shading and shadows that also showcase some colour gradation bring this whole thing to life with such aplomb. Then may I just say that the old-school 3-D effect for the one character is entirely bloody brilliant in how it’s achieved.
With so many fans getting tired of reboot after reboot creators have decided to take matters into their own hands and create or work with new start-up companies and bringing their knowledge, skills and talent in creating something that we want to see. Ignited not only means something in the book but it also means something to person reading this, it means these fine folks have re-ignited a passion for comics featuring superheroes again and where we can go and experience everything we feel should be there.