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Your Top Teens OPC part 4

Written by Chris Mitchell on Tuesday, October 27 2009 and posted in Features

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Will Hastings is the youngest known member of a lineage whose members are frequently born with innate mystic potential. Although Will's mother Caprice nor his maternal grandmother, Professor Louise Hastings, were born with such power, Will himself was, but not even Prof. Hastings, whose occult research was partially motivated by knowledge of her Family's history, was initially aware of it. Will was also born with a birthmark over his right eye, possibly a mark of his power. Presumably Will's father died or abandoned the family while Will was still quite young, since he uses his mother's original surname of "Hastings." As a child, Will, nicknamed "Jinx," developed close ties to Louise, although she was estranged from Caprice.

Polly Pringle

polly.jpgThis is a mini series of comic books (also available as a graphic novel) from Ted Naifeh. Polly Pringle is a sheltered young girl who lives at a boarding school and has no desire to go on any adventures--unlike her friend Anastasia, who describes Polly as "the dullest girl I've ever met". But one night Polly gets swept up in an adventure when she is captured by the former crew of the famous Pirate Queen Meg Malloy.

The setting is an alternate-history version of New Orleans in the second half of the 19th century. Polly's boarding school is a house boat that looks like a huge Victorian-style home. The golden age of piracy is now over, but Claudio, the son of the pirate king, is trying to follow in his father's footsteps.

Polly Pringle is a girl who desires to be a proper, respectable lady, exactly like her mother. She thinks her mother was the perfect lady. But Polly never knew her mother and slowly she discovers that her mother was a quite different woman than the one in her father's stories.

Sam Chance

In the world of Poison Candy, the new OEL manga by David Hine and Hans Steinbach, the SKAR virus spreads suspicion and death. It selectively chooses a handful of teenagers, giving them superhuman telekinetic powers along with a death sentence. While defending his friend Yusuf and his girlfriend Donna from a band of thugs, 16-year-old Sam Chance unleashes a TK fury that saves the day, but marks him as SKAR-positive. Henry Raven, the owner of the software game giant, Elektroactive, comes forward, offering to help Sam with a possible cure, just as another shadowy governmental organization seeks to obtain Sam or destroy him.

Poison Candy writer/creator David Hine is known for his work with Marvel Comics, including such X-Men and mutant related titles as District X, Son of M, and X-Men: The 198. The influence of working on Marvel’s X-franchise is evident in Poison Candy and the SKAR-virus, which essentially genetically mutates otherwise healthy teens. The resulting powers the infected gain are similar to the mutant powers of Marvel Girl/Jean Grey and Rachel Summers/Phoenix.

The overall story doesn’t have that supernatural feel of superhero comics and is more real world oriented like NBC’s popular TV series, “Heroes.” Hine has paced this like one of those espionage suspense thrillers that populate the prose fiction bestseller lists. In fact, it’s very well constructed, and Hine skillfully engages the reader with a series of scenes – both quiet and action-packed – that keep the pages turning until Vol. 1’s shocking ending.

Artist Hans Steinbach is good at translating Hine’s story and concept into a visual narrative, but he’s still at the raw and awkward stage in terms of drawing for graphic storytelling. Hanzo has some kinks to work out in cartooning human anatomy, basic figure drawing, depicting figures in motion, and posing and placing characters in environments, especially when drawing more than one character in a panel or scene. Still, Hanzo is both stylish and strong on the substance of storytelling.


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