What if you had superpowers, but you could only harness them for ten minutes at a time? For E-Ratic‘s Oliver Leif, that’s the least of his problems. Drawn and illustrated by Kaare Andrews with some zestful color work from Brian Reber, this is a book worth checking out. It’s an engaging superhero underdog story with a lot of potential.
E-Ratic #2 follows socially awkward teenager Oliver Leif as he continues to try to navigate his way around his new school, Mapleton High. All he has to do is survive bullies, a hysterical woman chasing him, or even attending a football game without getting hurt. But despite Oliver’s setbacks, his character is fleshed out enough thus far that you feel for the guy. He kind of reminds you of classic cinema characters like Scott Howard from the movie Teen Wolf or McLovin from Superbad.
As far as the writing goes, it’s spot on and catches the essence of high school with ease. Some might say that it focuses on the high school elements of the story a little too much, but E-Ratic #2 manages to keep the reader interested enough to want to return for the next issue. Many of the big moments you’re waiting for don’t arrive until towards the end of the book but raise more questions and curiosity as to just what the hell is going on.
The illustrations in E-Ratic #2 are terrific. You can tell that Andrews took his time to craft every character to their own unique design. The transitions, multiple angles, panel counts, and action so far are right where they need to be. And last but certainly not least, colorist Brian Reber brings such a versatile and immersive energy to this book. His color choices for each panel make the images pop so well.
E-Ratic #2 is a fun and enjoyable comic. The conceit of having Oliver’s powers last only ten minutes is a nice and unique touch. There’s something about it that makes it feel nostalgic, like on Knight Rider where Kit only did a turbo boost once per episode. If you haven’t already picked up a copy of this book, snag it before it’s too late.
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