A Review: IGNITED #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of IGNITED #1 from Humanoids Publishing. The story is written by Mark Waid and Kwanza Osajyefo; with art by Phil Briones and Andrew Crossley, and lettering by Dave Lanphear.

 It’s the first day of a new school year and there should be a lot of excitement at Phoenix Academy High School, but it’s not there. A few months prior there was a mass shooting killing fourteen and wounding thirty-eight. Anouk, like everyone else, must live in this new reality while trying to deal with the memories. Things get even more unsettling when hackers take over the messaging system demanding that teachers and administration reject the policy of carrying guns or pay the consequences. Things get even uglier when the local militia decide to get involved. Amongst the sanity, Anouk makes a discovery that could change her life forever…

IGNITED is the debut of the new H1 superhero-centric line from Humanoids Publishing. This may be a tough read for some because this issue deals with a serious real-world issue. That being said, it was an intriguing read; Waid and Osajyefo have shown they can handle superheroes and tough issues. Briones and Crossley provide some impressive visuals; from the nightmarish flashbacks to the mundane scenes in the classroom, everything looked great. An impressive start to a series, and we haven’t truly seen the powers yet. Check it out.

IGNITED #1 is in stores now or available at www.humanoids.com.