So, what would happen if people mad at the world (for good reasons) get powers and become heroes, then become villains? Would they take over the nation? Or would they…settle down and hide from public view? That is the premise behind The Antagonists, a family of supers that hides their powers and tries to raise their powered children right. Which as any parent can tell you, it ain’t easy, even with superpowers.
The art improved dramatically from issue 1 to 3, and while these frames are from issue 1, the placement of the characters really sells the scene. Art doesn’t have to be perfect to make a scene great and the sequence of frames here really captures the tension. It also helps that the story works with the audience’s knowledge of stereotypical scenes we’ve all seen or heard about. You’ve got the back-talking asshole boss, the racist board members, and the good ole’ boy club of business conspiring against the immensely talented black businesswoman to hold her back.
I would’ve liked to continue this sideline story for a bit longer, but it leads to the A-plot when she kills him. Did I mention this is a superhero story? The art on the death scene really comes alive. You can feel the heat roasting off the page.
The creative time does a really good job of juxtaposition of character growth. In the first scene we see the characters getting what they want. Destructus wants social change and governmental change, and Ultima the Nubian wants payback. But… they change. Maybe when seeing themselves as parents changed them? You’ll have to tune in and see.
The only two things I disliked in the series were the ending to issue 1 because it felt cut-off or forced. The other I didn’t like were the kids. They seem like stereotypes, but I’ll probably withdraw that opinion as the story shift more to them in issues 4 and 5. We’ll talk about it next week.
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