Aiden Cross look like your average 12 year old boy, he’s a video game pro, and unbeatable at kickball. Thing is Aiden isn’t like other boys his age, he has super strength, can talk with computers and has glowing circuits in his body. Aiden is a robot, no he is more of a android but he just doesn’t know it yet.
I’ve known about this series for awhile, I think it’s up to like issue 6 or 7 by now, but never bothered checking it out despite the fact that it’s written by Brandon Easton, whose work I’ve enjoyed in other books, since it just didn’t look like my kind of book. But I was just on Amazon and this popped up in my “recommended for you” list, and I figured I’d give it a shot.
Like the rest of the Lion Forge comics this is built for digital reading, told in full page single-panels. The story is pretty simple, two kids, our star Aiden and his friend Madison, are walking home from school after a big test, when they happen to walk right into the middle of a big battle in the street between local superhero Mighty Bolt and a giant bug-shaped robot. During the fight, Mighty Bolt is getting the crap knocked out of him, and when the robot comes after Madison Aiden pushes her out of the way, and then suddenly he activates a bunch of superpowers himself. He starts crackling with blue energy around him, and starts leaping around and smashing the robot with super strength. Most of the rest of the comic is exciting action scenes, with special effects that resemble that of a video game. It ends with the robot defeated but the mystery of Aiden’s sudden abilities remains open.
It’s a good comic for what it is. The nature of this story didn’t lend itself to much characterization, because it’s mostly a fight comic, so I can’t judge the writing too deeply here, I guess I’d need to read further issues for that. But the artwork, by Sendol Arts, is very impressive. This comic is a nice package for #1.99
Chacebook rating: FOUR STARS
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