[Fanboy Entertainment, Inc. $2.75 US B&W]
Written by J. Torres / Illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa
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Terry Highland, super-hero in training, is in the thick of things at the Shuster Academy as she struggles to make friends and solve the mystery of the rogue teen super-heroes Biff, Bam and Pow. Shuster Academy may be for super-powered teens but they go through the same angst and tribulations that non super-powered teens in high school experience.
J. Torres is adept at writing these young characters. They’re believable as teens, which gives the story a realistic feel in a decidedly unrealistic setting. His approach to the subject matter is a refreshing change since most super-hero school comics would be overflowing with pointless fights and drama.
Takeshi Miyazawa’s manga style art is beautiful. He gives as much attention to the background objects in each panel as he does the figures. I love the fact that the kids look like kids and the adults look like adults. The teen girls aren’t outrageously endowed and always stuck in pin-up poses.
My one nitpick about this issue would have to be its potential to be a tad inaccessible to new readers. The story picks up a little after the events in issue one and the resolution to the cliffhanger ending in issue one is told in flashback. I read the first issue and even I had to backtrack a few pages to figure out what the heck was going on.
That said, Sidekicks #2 is still a very good comic. Torres and Miyazawa are doing something fresh with super-heroes and if you’re a fan of the genre you should do yourself a favor and pick up this comic.
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