The Uniques is another trade paperback I picked up at C2E2 from creative team Comfort Love and Adam Withers. This is a completely independent production, which I’m a fan of. It is a re-release of sorts, but also an “Extended Director’s Cut” as the creators call it. Originally released as a digital comic, now you can get your hands on a physical copy of the book which includes the first 4 issues.
The Uniques reminded me so much of reading classic X-Men from when I started collecting in the early 90s. Fun team stories, with real heart, that spoke to many generations of young people from all walks of life. The book is clearly inspired by super hero comics from the Big Two, but the difference here are the stakes. The story opens with a massive loss of super-powered people, referred to as uniques in this world. They aren’t just disappeared, or off in space, or regenerating in a separate dimension. They’re dead. The creators leave us with no doubt that in this world, death is real, it’s around every corner, and it’s permanent. It gives the reader something to care about other than just cool costumes and powers. You know that your favorite character is in real danger.
The story opens up with the world in crisis after a major unique terrorist attach in New York, which devastates the unique population. The aftermath shows younger uniques taking up the mantles of their mentors and parents in an effort to fight crime and the rise in powered villains emboldened by the attack. Most hero teams are either corporate, or government sponsored, with questionable motivations. Our main point of view character, Telepath (who lost her parents in the attack) decides to start an independent team by gathering together other young uniques who have not been pulled into the larger teams. The story in the first few issues sets up the team, and sends them on their first mission. It’s fun, exciting, and interesting to read. It’s everything I’m looking for in a super hero comic.
The art is spectacular. Everything is clean and clear, with not a line wasted. Action and motion flow from panel to panel seamlessly. Colors, costume design, and backgrounds are all fantastic. The art quality is what I would expect to see from any major publisher, and I’m so glad to see it in this indie book. It makes the story so much more interesting to follow and read. It gives life to the text, and blends it all together into a package that was hard to put down. The book has a modern aesthetic, and certainly benefits from the current technological art tools available, but it still feels like some of the best of the classics from Marvel, Image, and DC.
Without a doubt, The Uniques is one of the best super hero books available today. I’d put it ahead of most of what I’m seeing from larger publishers. It has some adult themes and humor, but not so much so that it would be inappropriate for teenagers on up. In fact, it’s a great book for young people as well as us old fans. If you’re looking for something new and fresh, take a look at The Uniques. Check out the creators’ site at http://www.comfortandadam.com