The Strength To Persevere – CAPABLE #2 Review
Writer: Jonathan Hedrick
Artist: Gino Kasmyanto
Colorist: Periya Pillai
Letterer: Steve Ekstrom
For Mature Readers
Independently published by Jonathan Hedrick, Capable is a new spin on the superhero genre. If you missed it, check out my review of the first issue. A quick catch-up to lead into this review of the second issue: Derick has been confined to a wheelchair for most of his life. One day he wakes up to find that not only can he walk, but he now possesses super speed. This mysterious phenomenon is not limited to Derick. People with disabilities all over the city have suddenly gained superpowers as well.
Capable #2 takes the heartfelt character development of the first issue and pumps it up to the next level while also adding in an intense action sequence. The reader begins to see the implications of a world where people suddenly wake up with superpowers. I find it really interesting that the powers people receive are almost an over-correction on their disability. Derick is only one example of this, as he goes from not having the use of his legs to being able to run at impossible speeds.
Creator and writer Jonathan Hedricks is also doing interesting things in regard to the superhero genre of comic books. Derick has yet to don a costume or alter ego. Even though he has superpowers, Derick continues to live his life and doesn’t bother to hide his identity while doing the right thing. It’s refreshing to see a hero who is a symbol of justice and tolerance by themselves, and not because of their persona or abilities. It was awesome to see Derick not only try to talk down the villain before resorting to violence, but actually trying to relate and empathize with him. Hedricks continues to show that Derick would be a hero even if he didn’t have superpowers.
The creative team delivers more solid art in Capable #2. It’s obvious that they are all working together to fully support Hedrick’s writing through their illustrations, coloring, and letters. The artwork really helps sell the emotional moments and highlights the action. I especially liked the use of text message bubbles, which pop from the page, making what could have become a run of the mill conversation visually interesting. The colors continue to make the world created by Hedrick and drawn by Kasmyanto come to life.
Want to know more about Capable or support Hedrick’s work? Contribute to the Kickstarter campaign. The first issue is available to purchase on Comixology. Even though it’s written for mature readers, Capable is a comic that should be shared by everyone who can handle light cursing and offensive language. It’s an original story with a relatable and representative main character. It shines a new light on the kinds of stories that can be told in superhero comics. The artwork is bright and adds an extra layer of depth to the already compelling storyline.