They’re Not Like Us 1 (December 2014)

They're Not Like Us #1Not to be too reductive, but the proper response to They’re Not Like Us appears to be “OMG! It’s like a real life X-Men.” Only, apparently, the gifted youngsters don’t use their powers for good, but for selfish reasons. Writer Eric Stephenson sort of foreshadows said youngsters–really a collection of twenty something hipsters–using their powers to harm others. Just like Professor X, the leader has rules… the first being to kill everyone who you knew before you join the team.

Will the Jean Grey-esque protagonist join with them, killing her family (who misunderstood her superpowers as schizophrenia)? Who cares. No one’s forcing me to read the comic, so I have no stake in it. Stephenson certainly doesn’t care about making his characters worth reading about.

Simon Gane’s artwork is good. A little self-indulgent, but good.

Like Us is a concept in search of a story.

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CREDITS

From Despair to Where; writer, Eric Stephenson; artist, Simon Gane; colorist, Jordie Bellaire; letterer, Fonografiks; publisher, Image Comics.

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