Quincredible

Rodney Barnes

Book - 2021

"Invulnerability is a pretty useless superpower if you've only got a one-hundred-pound frame to back it up. That's what Quinton West's life became when he went from "small guy who got beat up" to "small guy who can't get hurt" after the meteor shower dubbed "The Event" gifted him the power of invulnerability, but no other powers to compliment it. But there's more to Quin than meets the eye, and Quinn realizes that he can use his quirky ...hobby of creating Rube Goldberg devices to outsmart the opposition."--Back cover of Volume 1.

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Genres
Graphic novels
Superhero comics
Published
Portland, OR : Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group, LLC 2021-
Language
English
Physical Description
volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781620108789
162010878X
Main Author
Rodney Barnes (author)
Other Authors
Isaac Reed (creator), Selina Espiritu (illustrator), Kelly Fitzpatrick, 1988- (colorist), Tom Napolitano (letterer)
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Review by Booklist Reviews

Following a destructive meteor shower—part of the cosmic event that launched Catalyst Prime, Lion Forge's recent shared superhero universe—high-school sophomore Quin finds that he is suddenly indestructible. In this volume, collecting the first five issues of his story line, tech-nerd Quin struggles with his new abilities, pursues his social-activist crush, and finds his place within the "enhanced" community that is fighting to save New Orleans from a rising crime wave. Catalyst Prime intends to modernize superhero comics through relevant, inclusive storytelling, and while this doesn't depart much in style, it does in substance, featuring a predominantly Black and Brown cast that is up against the forces of systemic racism, among other issues, played out in dramatic, action-packed fashion. Barnes brings a crucially light hand to the subject matter, while Espiritu captures Quin's youthful uncertainty in every gesture and expression, juxtaposing his internal vulnerability with his external invulnerability—a truly endearing combination. A perfect starting point for teens (and adults) looking to enter a fresh superhero universe. Grades 7-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—New Orleans is hurting. The city has barely recovered from Hurricane Katrina when a meteor shower almost destroys it a second time—and ushers in a new era, in which ordinary citizens are imbued with superpowers. Black teen Quinton "Quin" West has the gift of invulnerability, yet he views his powers as useless, aside from making his beatings from bullies painless. Struggling to fit in, he is overwhelmed by mounting civil unrest in his New Orleans neighborhood and longs to save the world, starting with his family. When violence erupts at a rally to improve city conditions, Glow, who was also affected by the meteor shower, notices Quin's powers and urges him to join a group of other crime fighters and stabilize the city they love. But Quin must reckon with power structures that perpetuate racism and class warfare: Will his powers serve the people or add fuel to the fire? Barnes attempts to tackle racial disparity, generational poverty, and the nuances of power, but struggles to build equally developed characters to buoy the intense plot. Dynamic, saturated artwork showcases the beauty and grit of New Orleans and the diverse lives of its people. VERDICT Despite occasionally clunky storytelling, this series starter will prompt teens to ask how they can make the world a better place. Perfect for fans of "Ms. Marvel" and "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man."—Elise Martinez, Racine, WI Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Quincredible gets literally everything right." ' Comics BeatInvulnerability is a pretty useless superpower if you've only got a one-hundred-pound frame to back it up. That's what Quinton West's life became when he went from 'small guy who got beat up' to 'small guy who can't get hurt' after the meteor shower dubbed 'the Event' gifted him the power of invulnerability, but no other powers to compliment it.But there's more to Quin than meets the eye, and after some encouragement from his new mentor'a local New Orleans'based superhero named Glow'Quin realizes that he can use his quirky hobby of creating Rube Goldberg devices to outsmart the opposition. But being a hero paints a target on your back, and Quin's got to risk it all to join the ranks of the superheroes he looks up to. It's a good thing he can take a punch.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Quincredible gets literally everything right." — Comics BeatInvulnerability is a pretty useless superpower if you’ve only got a one-hundred-pound frame to back it up. That’s what Quinton West’s life became when he went from “small guy who got beat up” to “small guy who can’t get hurt” after the meteor shower dubbed “The Event” gifted him the power of invulnerability, but no other powers to compliment it.But there’s more to Quin than meets the eye, and after some encouragement from his new mentor—a local New Orleans–based superhero named Glow—Quin realizes that he can use his quirky hobby of creating Rube Goldberg devices to outsmart the opposition. But being a hero paints a target on your back, and Quin’s got to risk it all to join the ranks of the superheroes he looks up to. It’s a good thing he can take a punch.