Review: Plutona #1

Plutona01_CoverPlutona follows the story of five suburban kids who make a shocking discovery while exploring the woods one day after school…the body of Plutona, the world’s greatest superhero. A dark and heartbreaking journey about friendship and coming of age all through the lens of the superhero genre.

Jeff Lemire is one of the best comic writers working today, each series he touches are such fantastic reads, and this brand new series is no exception. Here, he shares writing duty with newcomer Emi Lenox who does double duty also handling the art, which is absolutely gorgeous.

The first issue of this series feels very familiar. It has some bits from Stand by Me, some bits from The Breakfast Club, and mix that with a superhero genre, sort of. What’s great about this first issue, much like Lemire’s Descender, is that it approaches kids with wide eyes. There’s a fantastic innocence about both that oozes off the page, and both seem to tackle the “coming of age” story.

Lenox’s art is amazing. It feels like something I’d see in a teenage focused graphic novel put out by a premiere publisher who focuses on graphic novels. I can’t quite describe it, but it’s an almost refined indie vibe about it. Beautiful to look at.

Jeff Lemire, nuff said really. This series should be on everyone’s buy list, and this along with his other output should get Lemire on everyone’s “best writer” list by year’s end. This series will also likely be challenging for best new series/best series as well.

Just a magical beginning mixing familiar genres and tropes creating something better.

Story: Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox Art: Emi Lenox
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review