Friday, February 7, 2014

Review - NeverMinds #1

"Since when have we ever needed luck?"

Superheroes save the day. They also confront their enemies, both internal and external. NeverMinds #1 from Drumfish Productions seems poised to offer a little bit of both. The issue is written by Rich Bernatovech, illustrated by Jamie Fay and colored by Luis Arzeno.

NeverMinds is the code name for a secret, superhuman organization that offers security and investigation...for a fee. The NeverMinds are comprised of three individuals: Alanis Munroe the telepath, Samanya the fire manipulator and Nina Hartley the teleporter. Created as a training ground for those with unique abilities, it slowly developed into a team of individuals that longed to serve a greater purpose. The three of them take on assignments as requested and their latest mission throws quite a few twists at the trio.

Bernatovach's premise is simple enough in its execution. Three superpowered individuals use their powers as contractors for hire, yet their powers aren't really explained (and that's ok). There's a much bigger story at play that Bernatovach is seeding, as the NeverMinds need someone to square off against who can match them. The villain of the first issue is a sufficient foe, but he appears to be more of an appetizer than the main course when it comes to fighting. It feels as if Bernatovach has a universe in mind where the NeverMinds are established and that will pay dividends down the road as the story progresses.

Fay's illustrations are pretty strong. Faces and anatomy showcase an attention to detail, yet there are some readily apparent anime and cartoon references in the art. The book features the "indie sheen," something found in a lot of small press books where the art looks shiny. It's not a good or a bad thing, but it's definitely noticeable. Fay's panel design is pretty standard and doesn't really offer the reader many large panels depicting the action (save for the full-page intro of the NeverMinds). Each member of the group has their own unique look that Fay does well in terms of offering individual looks.

NeverMinds #1 looks to be a book that will fall somewhere on the superhero, capes and tights spectrum. The group seems to exist in a world where there are few others like them and the comic will likely pursue that as a storyline. The dialogue is consistent and the plot moves along at an even pace, while the art does a great job of carrying the action and depicting the NeverMinds. The ending of the first issue offers a direction for the series to go, but how far Bernatovach can go in said direction remains to be seen. In the meantime though, NeverMinds #1 is pretty cheap at $0.99 and could be worth checking out.

Neverminds #1 is available via Comixology now.


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