Written by Devin Grayson
Illustrated by Alitha E. Martinez
Coloured by Bryan Valenza
Lettered by A Larger World Studios
A young doctor suddenly and mysteriously acquires superpowers... as do several other individuals on the planet. But only her power can answer why... ONGOING SERIES. A gifted doctor with a vibrant, compassionate personality, Cecelia Cobbina received boundless praise from her peers and her patients. But that was before the incident in Africa. Before she was forced to leave her job at Doctors Without Borders behind... Before she gained the ability to think at superhuman speed. Overwhelmed with the power to answer every question, she must now overcome her own fears and tackle the one code she can't seem to break: the truth behind the Ignited.
Well Humanoids continues to impress with yet another spectacular offering and bringing Devin back to comics in a sensational way! I have missed her voice and her storytelling and what a powerful new story for her to be a part of! Already I like Cecelia, she may be overbearing at times and because of her intelligence that's really a part of who she is at her core. Seeing her described by her sister in the way only a sibling can reinforces the initial opinion of her. The characterisation that we see really is so strong and well rendered that we feel as if we already know her and have known her for quite some time.
The way this is being told is through the story & plot development and the character development with the pacing weaving them through each other creates a brilliant ebb & flow to the book. The then and now is handled in a way that I never would have thought we'd see and that too is a sign of the kind of outside the box thinking that leaves an impression. This is the kind of storytelling that you want to see because it isn't cookie cutter storytelling it has more depth and layers to it that we aren't always seeing. The viewpoint of the characters that we meet here is a great contrast so that fact and fiction will always be in the eye of the beholder. Plus when Cecelia outlines her main goal here I like it because it's something I have never really seen before and I am kind of thrilled by the whole prospect of her vision.
Alitha and Bryan work extremely well together. The linework here is utterly gorgeous and how the varying weights are utilised and manipulated to bring out and create this attention to detail is superb. The different tones that we see here in the flashback versus the present is well done and makes for easy differential so it's extremely easy to follow. The way that panels are composed so that we see this depth perception happening is a joy to behold. So is the fact that we see so many backgrounds being utilised to enhance the moments and bring a size and scope to the story. The colour is beautifully done. That fading, fuzzy effect of what we see in the distance is crazy good! The way light sources are utilised to create shading and shadows through different tones and hues of the same colour is nicely rendered. Seeing the power effects visually is brilliantly handled.
Beautiful book from top to bottom, start to finish. It has a solid premise behind it and has the potential to be the one book that ties every other title together without it seeming forced, trite or contrary and that prospect is exciting. This has that rare ability to energise the reader and get them excited for what's to come, to engage the reader so they use their minds as well by seeing what's on the page and then expanding on it. Humanoids has made it's claim for best new company of the year and this just puts the exclamation point on that.