Daily Archives: June 6, 2019

Reading, Writing, Revolution

Ignited #1
Writers: Mark Waid & Kwanza Osajyefo
Artist: Phil Briones
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Cover artists: Mike McKone (regular)/John Cassaday (variant)
Publisher: Humanoids Publishing/H1 imprint
Price: $3.99 US

After the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year, Emma Gonzales, David Hogg and many of their classmates took it upon themselves to do something about the issue of gun violence in America, especially in schools. They spoke out, advocated, pushed back in the absence of action by the adults tasked with their protection. Their grief and frustration empowered them, and they became an undeniable voice in an international discussion about gun violence. In Ignited, writers Mark Waid and Kwanza Osajyefo explore what might happen is such kids were literally empowered. The result is engrossing and important and viable as an addendum to the larger conversation about these real-world issues. This comic book might have flown under many readers’ radar, since it was released from a smaller publisher, but it’s well worth the effort to seek it out.