There are two stories written by Paul Constant in this fun premiere issue. The main story, with art by Alan Robinson, takes place in a 1988 high school where a testy jock named Chad is beating up a nerdy kid for no apparent reason. Chad’s friends (the three of them are on the cover) are trying to stop him. The reason for the attack is at least partly explained in the backup story with art by Randy Elliott, told from the nerd Alvin’s point of view. Alvin’s take is, in its own way, just as off-balance as Chad’s, but Alvin has a secret science project that’s going to change the lives of those three jocks when they follow him to his hidden lab in an abandoned house.
My one quibble is a technical one with the otherwise fine lettering by Rob Steen. If, in the 1988 sections, the idea is to make the pages look like they are printed on newsprint with a paper-tone background, the balloons should also have a paper-tone background. Making them pure white ruins the idea for me.
Well-written and well-drawn, this rang true to me as a bonafide nerd in high school myself. Oh, and what a great cover by David Nakayama. I like to think my logo works well on it. Recommended.