Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sigil #1

Last week Atlas Comics returned, and now CrossGen is making a comeback. Who'da thunk it?

I have to admit that I didn't read the original Sigil series from CrossGen (which is now owned by Marvel via Disney - what a world!). But, hearing that this was something of a reboot (or fresh start), I thought I'd give it a go.

And it's not bad. Not great, but not bad.

It's the standard comic book gimmick of a teen who has seen tragedy but holds a secret power that will change her life. At school, she's bullied and misunderstood - but when her power kicks in, all that changes.

The teen is Sam (Samantha) Rey, who keeps having strange dreams about different worlds and a mystic symbol.

It's all familiar, Spider-Man and Harry Potter-ish ground to a long-time reader like yours truly - but the fact is, this comic isn't aimed at me. Writer Mike Carey targets young readers (especially young women), and I suspect they'll like it a lot.

It has a likeable, attractive lead character, teen drama, a mystery about how her mother really died, and loads of adventure.

The art is also very good, as Leonard Kirk and Ed Tadeo take us from high school to the high seas. The art is clean, attractive and tells a strong story.

I may not hang around for the rest of the story, but if you know of any young readers looking for an entertaining comic, this would be a great starting point.

Grade: B


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