Telepaths #1 (REVIEW)

Aug 31, 2021

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Telepaths #1

I instantly got Resistance vibes when I started reading Telepaths #1. But things are a little different in J. Michael Straczynski’s newest AWA series. The biggest similarity is he’s building a new world where regular, everyday people are experiencing supernatural change they can’t explain.

AWA/Upshot Studios
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Art by: Steve Epting
Colors by: Brian Reber

In Telepaths #1, Straczynski takes some time to establish a few characters and tease what’s to come in this five-issue series. Then there’s a global event that rocks everyone — though it seems some were impacted in very different ways. Resistance, for those who haven’t read, is much later on in the process. And the issue that sparked the story was much more long-lasting than the event Earth experiences in Telepaths #1.

One seemingly little thing that stood out after the event was the way Straczynski portrayed two characters who have obtained powers. Based on their actions, they seem to have the same power. Yet, there’s a difference in how those powers are depicted.

As for the art, Steve Epting is always a great fit for stories that start in a very grounded place. Also, Brian Reber’s colors fit perfectly with his work. We’re dealing with real people who experience a bizarre event, so it’s no surprise the artist who drew TKO Studios’ Sara and Captain America: The Winter Soldier felt like a great fit for the start of Straczynski’s story.

Score: 8.5

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