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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Reader's Diary #1994- David F. Walker, Sheena C. Howard (writers), Ray-Anthony Height (artist): Superb 1

I read a lot of YA graphic novels this past year and one thing that leaped out at me is the diversity: LGBTQ, ethnicities, religions, able-bodiedness, all finally representation. Yep, they kids are alright.

I've not, however, encountered a character with genetic disorders. One of the main characters in David F. Walker and Sheena C. Howard's Superb: Life After the Fallout however has Down's Syndrome. Unfortunately, however, it serves as a reminder that diversity can't be the only draw and needs to be handled well. I didn't think the balance was struck in this book and perhaps it was while trying to show that someone with Down's could be a hero, they wound up almost ignoring the fact that he even had Down's. In fact, when that's brought up later in the book it even came as a surprise. It shouldn't be the only issue, the only aspect of his personality, of course, but it's not exactly a service to pretend it's not relevant.

I wish too I could say that otherwise the book was great. Unfortunately, it's pretty much an X-Men knock off, with a government organization hunting down enhanced individuals. The art was like a cross between Howard Chaykin and Rob Liefeld and so plenty of people would likely enjoy it, whereas I'm not a fan of either and really did not.

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