Review: Quantum Teens Are Go #2

Rather than picking up right in midst of some astounding action after the events of issue #1 of Quantum Teens Are Go from Black Mask Studios, writer Magdalene Visaggio plops us into the mundane. We’re reminded that, for all the theoretical science action and weirdness going on, our protagonists Nat and Sumesh are still very much teenagers in high school. They still have teenager worries on top of whatever went down in Sumesh’s garage and that includes friends, teachers, and their relationship. They’ll work things out, we all know how easy things were when we were teenagers. … Or maybe not.

The slower pace of this issue does serve to drive home the point that we’re still dealing with bumbling teenagers and I love that. Not every hero is completely competent at everything they do; most shouldn’t be. And these two aren’t. The frenetic illustration and colors of Eryk Donovan and Claudia Aguirre help to drive the point home: being a teenager is messy and being a teenager tangled up in whatever Sumesh and Nat have gotten themselves into will only be messier. The team again doesn’t shy away from the harder and closer-to-home topics at play here: being orphaned and adopted, being trans and how people interact with you because of it, the feeling of drifting from friends when your interests no longer align. Even in a world where the strange keeps getting stranger, these elements don’t feel shoehorned in. They were always meant to be right where they are.

I do wish that I felt a little more payoff at the end of this issue. I have way more questions than I could ever hope to have answers. Still, this is only the second issue and we’re getting further into this mystery. I’m not calling this a sophomore issue slump by any means. Some things have to get answered within the next few issues.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Eryk Donovan Color: Claudia Aguirre Lettered: Zakk Saam
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy, if you’re still pretty invested

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review