Review of Quantum Teens Are Go #1

488184-_sx1280_ql80_ttd_by Magdalene Visaggio, Eryk Donovan & Claudia Aguirre

Quantum Teens Are Go #1 is a fun introduction to the series that explores a teenage couple on the cusp of scientific breakthrough while still navigating the trials of adolescence with the added weight of one transitioning while the other is dealing with the fallout of his adoption. It’s writing is crisp, whimsy and efficient with art that stands out for it’s technical acumen and subtle stylistic originality.

The series title is an apt describer of the book in it’s last word, Go. Quantum Teens has a kinetic energy from it’s inception and it maintains that for the books duration. Visaggio has a knack for dialogue and plot structure that let’s Quantum Teens wring a lot of story out of a single issue. She creates what feels like a fully realized world in it’s multiple settings with artist Eryk Donovan. Speaking of Donovan, Quantum Teens Are Go feels like a breakout moment for the artist with the skill he displays here. Donovan is wholly adept in almost everything you’d want in a comics artist. The geometry and spacing are aligned perfectly, his design is crisp, his storytelling is engaging and his character acting is highly expressive. He’s similar to Chew artist Rob Guillory in his angular style but it’s much cleaner and feels like a closer approximation of reality, going more for fun as opposed to being funny.  It’s light hearted and cartoonish, but there is a high level of skill on display and it’s action sequencing is superbly realized. Colorist Claudia Aguirre adds to the books high functioning visual elements with a bright palette that works well for the books Southern California setting.

Quantum Teens Are Go #1 is the type of science fiction adventure comic that almost anybody can read and enjoy for it’s effortless charm and imagination. As the books debut is merely scratching at the overall premise of time travel, there is a lot to like here and probably even more to look forward to.

Disclosure: Publisher Black Mask provided a review copy of this comic to Nothing But Comics without any payment between the site and publisher or agreement on the review’s content.

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