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There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd # 1 review

There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd # 1 review

Superpowers are not easy, as seen in the new AfterShock series There’s something wrong with Patrick Todd. Written by Ed Brisson with art by Gavin Guidry, opens the new series with a pistol aimed directly at you and does not stop testing what we think we know all the way. It is a realistic depiction of supernatural power, and it is very well done.

If you had superpowers like mind control, how long before you are found out and killed? There is something to consider, and it is something you will want to think about when reading this first issue. In the opening, we witness an average-looking forty-some man robbing a bank. Soon he leaves and gives the money to a teenager named Patrick Todd. We quickly learn that money is not for the gaming hall, but to pay for the mother’s stay at a facility. He’s not bad, and if you had the opportunity to control your mind without anyone to turn to for help, would you not do the same?


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This first edition is the perfect tempo, draws your attention through each scene and cuts to the perfect scene to increase the excitement or inform the reader of what’s going on. This is guaranteed to be a page turner, and you’ll die dying knowing where it’s going when the story reaches its last page.

There are some layers that are woven well together in this first issue. We have Patrick Todd who seems like a good enough boy, but who is simply not in luck. Then there is a policeman who also seems super nice, but who is also thorough and open enough to put things together. Add a mysterious villain towards the end of the issue, and we’ll have enough characters to cling to and develop.

AfterShock First Look: There's something wrong with Patrick Todd

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Art by Guidry is super clean and pleasing to the eye. Colors by Chris O’Halloran create good contrast, and make the scenes pop. There is very little blink when it comes to the superpowers, but when they ignite they are scary and make Patrick Todd almost soulless. There is something quite comfortable about the sharp facial expressions and clothes set against simple, unspecified backgrounds. The rendering of a tree and some windows is aided by the clean surface of the building which gathers in something that is realistic but visually entirely its own.

Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou are also wonderful. When Patrick Todd uses his powers, the word balloons gets a shadow and lifts them up from the side. It’s a cool effect I honestly can not remember seeing done. As always from Otsmane-Elhaou, tails on word balloons get a life of their own depending on what and how something is said.

There’s something wrong with Patrick Todd approaches a super powerful teenager in a unique and exciting way. It also takes its time and develops its characters in a way that feels true to the characters. It handles a superpower with depth and nuances and makes you want more.

“There’s something wrong with Patrick Todd” # 1 review

There’s something wrong with Patrick Todd # 1

There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd approaches a super powerful teenager in a unique and exciting way. It also takes its time and develops its characters in a way that feels true to the characters. It handles a superpower with depth and nuances and makes you want more.

A strong pace and good plotting keep the attention

Super clean art style and color help at that pace

Once again, Hassan’s letters are incredible

It is not 100% clear how famous it is that people have powers, or even though there are many who have them, which makes it difficult to understand the context of Patrick Todd’s situation.


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