Quantum Teens Are Go! #1 – Review
Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Art by Erik Donovan
Published by Black Mask Studios
Are you ready for some good old-fashioned cyberpunk action?! if so check out quantum teens are go number one by Black Mask Studios. This title follows the daring exploits of the tech-adept teenage couple Sumesh and Natalie who resort to dubious means in order to make one hell of a science project. Set in Los Angeles Nat and Sumesh balance school work, teenage drama, and duking it out at night with robot security while committing a B&E on major tech companies for spare parts. With this being issue one there will be plenty of hard drives, heartbreaks and harrowing escapes in the tales to come so let’s dive into this review.
The art so far does not “wow” me at all but it does get its point across and the potential is there for growth. With this being in action oriented title the action scenes that are very well translated are a must and Donovan doesn’t disappoint in that regard. In future issues I would like to see the sci-fi aspects played up more in the artwork. Mirrors Edge for example does a great job of making the reader feel like they’re in an entirely different reality with it’s edgy futuristic art style. Quantum Teens on the other hand doesn’t quite translate that other-worldly futuristic feel that this technologically driven tail could achieve. I don’t know if it’s set in modern day society or in the future. In future issues I’d like to see the art play as much of a part in the storytelling as the writing.
The writing also falls under the category as good but has the potential to be better and for many of the same reasons. I get that this story is supposed to be a sci-fi tale about teens modding robot technologies and such but the writing makes it so that the readers are sort of left figure that out on their own. The adventure element of Quantum Teens doesn’t blend very well with the civilian elements of our titular characters which can make a story that is meant to be fast paced appear to be rushed and not well thought out. The most redeeming part of the writing in this book is the riders decision to highlight the fact that Natalie is a transgender character but not making it the focal point of the story. It’s 2017 folks, these types of themes and lifestyles should be common place now. If you find over muscular men and women dressed in their underwear saving the world perfectly fine but are offended by a transgender teen just trying to scrape by in her world then you should take a long look at yourself in the mirror Buster.
I may seem very critical of quantum teams are go but I’ll give this title a pass for now because it’s only issue #1 and there is so much of the story that hasn’t been told yet and I am hoping that as the story progresses the quality of this book progresses as well.