The Quantum Age #1
Jeff Lemire / Wilfredo Torres
I’ve enjoyed Jeff Lemire’s DC work but I hadn’t read any of his Black Hammer stories, so I wouldn’t have looked at this series if it wasn’t for a Black Hammer story in a FCBD book that featured “The Quantum League”. A group of heroes from the 31st century, the Quantum League features a massive team of characters like “Laser Lad”, “Storm Girl”, “Furnace Boy” and the super-intelligent “Archive V”. Ok, you can see what this is, can’t you?
So, Quantum Age #1. It’s not a follow-on from the FCBD cliffhanger. It’s not really what I expected at all. Opening in 3041 A.D. it features a dystopian future where Earth is under martial law and a young lad is covertly searching for … something.
Flashback to “25 years earlier”, and the Quantum League are fighting a hopeless battle against alien invaders.
Back to 3041 again, and can you guess what (or who) this young lad is searching for?
I won’t say any more about the plot, I’ll just say “Five Years Later”, and either that phrase will be enough to make you interested or you probably wouldn’t care for this series anyway.
The flashbacks to the Quantum League action are plotted like a Paul Levitz story, and in just a few pages Lemire gives his characters enough depth that you already feel you know them. Jeff Lemire is basically a great writer of characters, as I already knew from his other work. And the mystery set up in the “present” scenes is interesting enough to make me want to read more of this particular series.
Wilfredo Torres has a very uncluttered art style, characters drawn very simply, large panels, and minimal backgrounds, but it’s very dynamic and presents great, clear storytelling, which is something I miss in many modern comics. I don’t get much sense of a future design aesthetic from him, which is where I would wish for more detailed backgrounds, but his character designs (human and alien) are great.
Overall: this is the comic I’m most looking forward to picking up again next month. Highly recommended.