A Psiot and Her Powers – Livewire #2 Review
Writer: Vita Ayala
Artist: Raúl Allén, Patricia Martín
Cover Artist: Adam Pollina, Megan Hutchison
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
As we look at issue 2 of Livewire I start to imagine how long fans of this character have waited for this moment where we finally are able to see her shine in her own series, and yet this issue takes it to a level where she seemingly is not shining at all as she hits a low in the arc of her character. It was obvious from anyone up to date with the Valiant Universe that this series would focus a lot on the backlash of Livewire’s actions in Harbinger Wars II and this issue definitely knocks Amanda McKee down a notch for the wrong things she had done in that event series. I think for a story of a person getting their power and becoming who they are both physically and mentally is a perfect story for Vita Ayala to tackle as they’re an incredibly strong person with whom is becoming the immense creative talent they have always meant to be this year. As this arc starts to unfold more and more, it’s looking like not only are we set up for a fantastic series, but a fantastic development in this beloved character and how she sees the world and her past actions.
This series is but one of the many series the immensely talented Vita Ayala will be tackling this year and it has all the signs of their strong, independent and well thought out actions put onto the page. We delve into deeper meaning behind Livewire’s powers, her actions and her becoming a person again after being vilified for the events in Harbinger Wars II. Vita does a great job writing for strong female characters as well as many LGBTQ characters and this comic shows that immense writing power at full force. With the story side on lockdown of being enjoyable Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin join in to make the artistic side match up the high quality of the story. All together I think this is an amazing team put together for an amazing character and think in every aspect this series is shaping up to be a top contender for Valiants recent releases.
This issue covers Livewire being captured after the first issue and how the government handles her in her captivity. This issue shows the sacrifice and hurt Amanda is also willing to endure to make sure psiots and those she loves don’t have to suffer. Knowing her actions of shutting off the electricity to the whole country in Harbinger Wars was justified despite the harm it did to others, she will not budge on the details of her and those she is willing to suffer for. After a few experiments leaving her powerless and some abuse by a guard, Amanda does eventually break and even without her powers she overpowers and knocks the crap out of the abusive guard making for the best scene of this issue for me. It’s amazing to see Amanda realize even without powers that she is still a smart and throng woman who is more than capable of handling herself in any situation. The attitude she has in this scene is one reason why this character stands out as such a strong force in the Valiant universe as she always comes out on top regardless of the ditch she has to dig herself out of to get there.
If these first two issues are any indication of the solid storytelling and art we can come to expect, this series is a definite addition to a valiant fans pulllist and hopefully with its quality it can bring in a few more new fans into the fold as Livewire would be an amazing choice of person to know about first from this universe. I am happy to see this series finally happen and to have it be so well done on all accounts so although the Valiant fan boy in me is smiling ear to ear, the basic comic fan in me is happy just knowing this is doing well by a character who has deserved this good of a story for quite some time. I will also say keep a lookout for many others projects from Vita Ayala as I can guarantee you this now, that they will become a very sought after name and talent for many many years in the comic industry going forward, so it’s worth its weight in gold to discover their talent before they blow up and it gets too difficult to find their past titles. This will be a year made for Vita Ayala and Livewire #2 is a fantastic way to begin an intro to the intellect, maturity , and strength of such a fine writer.
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This series is a definite addition to a valiant fans pull-list.