Category Archives: Reviews – Lion Forge

Failing to Live up to Its Title

Superb Volume 1 trade paperback
“Life After the Fallout”
Writers: David F. Walker & Sheena C. Howard
Pencils: Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez & Eric Battle
Inks: Lebeau L. Underwood, Alitha Martinez, Eric Battle, Robin Riggs & Ray-Anthony Height
Colors: Chris Sotomayor & Veronica Gandini
“The Event”
Writers: Priest & Joseph Illidge
Artists: Marco Turini & Will Rosado
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover artist: Ray-Anthony Height
Editor: Joseph Illidge
Publisher: Lion Forge
Price: $14.99 US

I rather enjoyed the first Lion Forge book I sampled — Noble Vol. 1 — so I looked forward to delving into another collection of the relatively new publisher’s offerings. I didn’t do any reading about Superb before perusing its pages, which is too bad, as I might have enjoyed it a little more. As I made my way through the book, I thought I was getting some fairly typical super-hero genre fare. I was reminded of X-Men elements as well as some New Universe comics from the 1980s. I didn’t get a sense that I was finding anything new here at all. I was well into the book when I realized one of the main protagonists was unlike other super-powered teen heroes. Some missteps — from a script that was too subtle to exaggerated artwork that hid the hero’s disability — made this book seem ordinary when it could have stood out as something more. Ultimately, the inclusive and sensitive message at the heart of this book lives up to the book’s title, but the execution does not.

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Ascended from Nobility

Noble Volume 1 trade paperback
“God Shots”
Writer: Brandon Thomas
Artists: Roger Robinson, Jamal Igle & Robin Riggs
Colors: Juan Fernandez & Sotocolor
Letters: Saida Temoforte
“The Event”
Writers: Priest & Joseph Illidge
Artists: Marco Turini & Will Rosado
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover artist: Roger Robinson
Editor: Joseph Illidge
Publisher: Lion Forge
Price: $14.99 US

I’ve been meaning to delve into Lion Forge’s line of super-hero comics, designed in part to offer a stronger array of black characters to a market that’s clearly hungry for diversity in its escapism pop-culture (contrary to what a vocal minority might argue). To be honest, though, I haven’t been following comics news and release dates of emerging publishers and creators nearly as much as I used to, and some of the initial releases escaped my attention when they first hit the stands. So I was thrilled when I had the chance to read this first collected edition of the initial issues of Noble. There’s certainly an ambitious tone set here; like other super-hero startup lines, Lion Forge and editor Joseph Illidge have set out to building a larger, connected continuity, and based on the main story and the backup, titled “The Event,” they’ve done so in a meticulous manner. Part of me thinks such interconnections need to happen gradually, but that’s likely not feasible in modern comics publishing. Super-hero audiences crave and expect those links, and the mysterious framework set out here certainly seems to indicate Lion Forge is off to a strong start in terms of that creative endeavor.

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