Antarctic Press 2018
Created & Story by Jonathan Kendrick
Written by John Freeman
Illustrated by Andrew Chiu
Coloured by Kris Carter
Letters & Logo Design by Jim Campbell
Team MOBILE's newest recruits, Maisy and Sam, discover that for all the abilities Mindmerge gives them, it doesn't make everything easy. Still, they have to be tested in the field sometime, so they and their team are given their first mission: Rescue a kidnapped MOBILE professor and his wife from modern pirates!
I missed the first issue, it slipped through my cracks which is unusual for me. So if your like me we’ll have to go back find a way to find it, that said we don’t necessarily need it to enjoy this. I found myself jumping right in like some of the best introductions ever. I love it and then of course since we dive right into things here the receive the back story as we go along which fills us in on what happened last issue. Perfectly done and I really do have to say that the story and the writing here I find to be extremely well done and interesting.
Another aspect of this that I found incredibly well done was how John is able to nail the personalities of the kids here. That and the idea that the technology only works on young brains is fascinating and to be blunt I don’t think I want more details about why what I know makes sense. The way that this has been fleshed out from the technology to the characters is bloody well brilliantly done! Everything about this feels like it fits as if it should there isn’t anything about how this is done that makes it weird that these kids are in this situation.
I do not know why but we love seeing kids in situations such as this. While this is a perfect all-ages affair and kids can have fun seeing what could be it’s the adults who see this be reminded of their youth and what could have been. There is a fine line here between happiness and depression when looking back and the boys here do an excellent job with it. The characterisation here also does an amazing job showing how the kids are desperate to be seen as adults who can work in the field. We all know teenagers can’t wait to grow up and adults wish they could go back it’s a really interesting contradiction.
The interiors here are really quite good. There is some beautiful attention to detail going on in these pages along with the same level of imagination and creativity. From the reindeer to the beach it’s great to see this book come to life the way it does. I do think that the faces and facial expressions help express feelings, emotions and further their characterisation. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show off a steady and solid eye for storytelling. That we see all the backgrounds being utilised makes me very happy and it fleshes out the moments and brings a nice size and scope to the story.
This is fun, it hits all the right notes when it comes to characters, character interaction which is only heightened by the dialogue of course. The way the book is structured and the ebb and flow of information, action and the revelations that we see create some excellent pacing. There is some really nice depth, complexity and layers to the book that will surprise some but surely thrill all. I think this might be something that’s flying under the radar and it needs to be seen by all.