Indigo Children #1 is an interesting start that shows potential
Indigo Children #1 kicks off an intriguing mystery, Journalist Donovan Price hunts down the extraordinarily gifted Indigo Children after their mysterious disappearance fifteen years prior. For those that are unfamiliar with the term, indigo children is pseudoscientific New Age concept that began in the 1960s and 70s. It posits the idea that some children have supernatural and special traits and abilities, some believing that it’s the next step in human evolution. Yes, it sounds like mutants with concepts ranging from telepathy to greater empathy. There’s no credibility to any of it and criticims points to the concept and term being used in denial of real issues children face such as learning disabilities, mental illness, and other medical issues and a true diagnosis replaced by narcissistic parenting.
With a story by Curt Pires and Rockwell White and a script by Pires, Indigo Children #1 sticks to the concept of a child with extraordinary abilities. At some point in the past, a child shows off extraordinary abilities in Russia. Now, that child, and any evidence of the follow up has disappeared. A journalist is on a mission to uncover the truth which gets wilder as more information is provided.
Indigo Children #1 is an interesting start that teases a lot and leaves things open for interpretation. Could the powers be real but the rest of what’s talked about not? Is it all real? We’ll find out as the series progresses but the comic is presented in a solid way slowly teasing what’s to come. We discover things as the reporter does as well. It’s a mystery more than spandex and powers.
The art by Alex Diotto is solid. With Dee Cunniffe on color and Hassan Otsmaen-Elhaou, the comic overall has a look that feels more noir/detective than superpowers. There’s a gritty and dirty aspect to it all that works so well with the subject matter. There’s moments that feel extraordinary due to how grounded so much of it is while also delivering some brutal aspects to things when needed.
Indigo Children #1 is an intriguing start. It uses a rather controversial term for its title but overall the comic steers clear of the controversy. Instead, it’s a placeholder for mutant or meta that other publishers use. How it all plays out should be rather interesting as the setup is intriguing and the comic itself paces things out nicely.
Story: Curt Pires, Rockwell White Script: Curt Pires Art: Alex Diotto
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
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