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It's the first of four issues.

Written by Eric Heisserer (who wrote the screenplay for last year's Arrival) and drawn by Raúl Allén, it's the establishment of the premise and introduction of the cast.

It's done by focusing each panel on the actions of a single character (or group of characters).

The " sets ", the environments of the scenes, have plenty of open space- the characters particularly stand out, even when they're not in the foreground.

There're no background characters- anyone who's in a panel's playing an obvious role in its events.

These things effectively tell the story of its protagonists and antagonist, who's the sort that's a monster.

He's Rex-O, and he's hunting psiots.

(The Willows're where Toyo Harada, the man who gathered psychics like himself for his world-shaking cause, dumped the ones whose powers weren't immediately effective enough for his standards.

After everything he hid was exposed, the facility was abandoned- those it was keeping were left to fend for themselves.)

Rex-O broke Martin's bat, and was in turn blocked by a pool scoop wielded by Martin's friend and fellow Willows psiot Nikki, who'd come because the birds's told her.

(Her power's " ornipathy ", talking to them.)

Rex-O tangled her up in his thorns.

" Boys! "

(Bagging the birds up's a defter move than swatting ineffectually at them.)

(All that gymnastics to get to the roof, and then your pursuer just does it in one leap.

The gymnastics're something she picked up on her own- the panel of visible exhaustion's a nice touch.)

She ran, eventually running into someone else she knew from the Willows- Owen, who had the power to materialize objects out of thin air (but not to determine what objects he materialized).

They ran, and were cornered by Rex-O.

They were saved by Livewire, another psiot, a technopath formerly loyal to Harada. She'd gone her own way since, and was now trying to help these kids he'd abandoned.

She drove off Rex-O.

The next day, she directed Nikki and Owen to meet her- she offered them her help, in a bit providing an initial justification for the title.

As for Martin, who'd managed to get away from Rex-O when he'd gone after Nikki instead?

(I love Rex-O's seeming to pop up out of nowhere in the second-to-last panel. The open door shows where he came from, but not showing him before that makes him seem like he came out of nowhere, briefly adding an especially unreal dimension to his terrifying presence.)

Date: 2017-07-01 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
Interesting. This really comes off as more of a horror movie than a superhero story.

Date: 2017-07-01 08:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mastermahan
Harada rejected someone who can talk to birds? That's clearly an excellent power with a lot of uses. Did he not want someone with omnipresent surveillance drones?

Date: 2017-07-01 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I imagine that there's a limit to the information they can convey. Livewire could have done the same, better, as could most telepaths

Date: 2017-07-02 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] astrakhan42
I love that five years after Valiant came back from the dead, they still have material like Rexo to mine from the past.


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