Book Title: Telepaths #1
Book Description: Telepaths begins with a discussion about solar flares and how some of the larger ones have had catastrophic effects on things we take for granted, such as power grids and telephones. We then learn that an extremely large solar flare is predicted to take place in a matter of days.
We also get to sit in on a scientific lecture at MIT. The lecture is about how in certain cases electromagnetic waves in the right doses have periodically given people the gift of telepathy.
After that we see a series of meetings in all walks of life. From the president’s staff in the West Wing to a prisoner and warden in a maximum security facility to a Boston cop’s girlfriend throwing a surprise birthday party for him.
A couple days later we see how incredible the effects of the solar flares truly are. People have fainted everywhere. Some while standing on a balcony and admiring the morning sky. Some while behind the wheel of an automobile. Some while operating aircraft.
30 minutes later, when the survivors come to, it’s absolute chaos. Buildings are on fire. There are pile ups on the freeways. Adding to the pandemonium is the fact that some people now have the ability to read the thoughts of others.
When telepathic abilities thwart an assassination attempt on the president it’s a good thing. When telepathic abilities let you know that your significant other is having an affair the new power loses some of its charm. How will people cope with their newfound abilities?
Book Author: J. Michael Straczynski
Publisher - Orgnization: AWA Studios/Upshot Studios
Illustrator: Steve Epting
Telepaths is one of the most eagerly anticipated new titles on my mental list for 2021. At least for titles that don’t have roots firmly entrenched in my childhood memories from the 80’s (King Grimlock, Transformers: Shattered Glass).
The first time I read J. Michael Straczynski’s work where I actually paid attention to who wrote the story was The Resistance. I loved it so much I went out of my way to find more of his work. Along the way I got some Strange….. As in the miniseries about the Marvel character, Doctor Strange.
I was stunned to see how much of that series found itself on the silver screen in the MCU’s Doctor Strange. Mr. Straczynski’s work tends to be extraordinary. It’s unique and innovative. That’s what made me so excited about the impending release of Telepaths.
Whilst there are moments that go at a very rapid pace, this issue’s focus is on slowly building a solid foundation with a wide assortment of characters and backstories. In places it feels like information overload because of the number of characters.
I have been a fan of Mr. Epting’s work ever since I discovered Sara a few years ago. As well done as the work in that title was, his work here is better. Lines are crisper. We get more detail in facial expressions. It’s very impressive. Well done.
The cover artwork is very detailed and brilliantly colored. It does a tremendous job demonstrating to the reader just how many subplots we’re looking at.
As a geek on a budget the artwork on this one parred the course. The cornerstones for the story have been put in place. It took a while to get them in just right; but I have faith that there’s a method to the madness. In other words, with Straczynski, Epting, and Reber at the helm of the creative team we’re in for a treat. We just have to be patient.
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