START AGAIN is an independent comic from creator and writer Jamie Me with art by Toni Doya, colors by Sean Callahan, and edited by Archie Dait. The comic released in October of 2016, and has seen a couple of reprintings since then.
The story follows Ajay, a superhero who falls for a young woman named Natalie. Ajay’s world turns upside down when he’s captured on film jumping from Natalie’s balcony completely naked. He has to deal with the loss of his government sponsorship as well as public scrutiny for his stunt. His friend, and sidekick, finally gets him to get out and see Natalie again but Ajay is in for quite a surprise.
The writing in START AGAIN is great. The dialogue feels pretty natural and the story kept me interested throughout. It was a realistic look at superhero life that reminds me a bit of The Boys (which admittedly I’ve only seen on Amazon Prime). Ajay’s struggle with his responsibilities and life under the spotlight offers an interesting look at what it might actually be like for a superhero in our world of constant media attention on celebrities. It reminds us that even famous people are people, and life isn’t perfect for them either. The difference is when they stumble, it’s put out there for everyone to see and judge. I like where it’s going and looking forward to seeing more from Jamie.
The art is good. It’s clean and uncluttered panels make the story easy to follow. The color work backs up the pencils very well and makes the entire book a pleasure to look at. Doya does some interesting things with perspective in the panels, giving us shots from different angles throughout. Doya is also very good with sets and architecture with very clean lines and attention to detail. The comic has adult content in case that’s not something you’re looking for.
The book is currently unavailable, but will be included in an upcoming crowdfunding campaign for START AGAIN #3 around February.