Eisner-nominated NOWHERE MEN writer ERIC STEPHENSON teams up with red-hot artist SIMON GANE for an all-new ongoing series! We all have advantages over one another, but what if you were capable of things most of us can only imagine? What would you do – and who would you be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Everyone has to make a choice about how to use the abilities they’re born with… but they’re not like us.
Collects THEY’RE NOT LIKE US #1-6.
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
They’re Not Like Us is a comic book about a group of people with different abilities, a few examples being: Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Super Strength. The graphics weren’t all that great but the storyline was pretty great.
We mainly focus on Syd who is new to this world of abilities. All her life she’s been told she’s crazy and been left behind because people thought she was abnormal. Even her parents thought there was something wrong with her. She begins to find her place after an attempted suicide by a man who calls himself The Voice. He helps her and introduces her to others just like her.
In this new place, Syd fits in and becomes close with Wire and Blurgirl. The Voice tells her that they’re almost completely cut off from the outside. They don’t ask for anything. If they want something, they take it just because they can and they prove this to her. Syd is quite impressionable in the beginning and believes quite a lot of what she’s told, mostly by The Voice, but there was some amazing character development on her part.
Even with her reservations, she stays with them until she’s asked to do something which she knows she won’t be able to come back from. I admired that about her. Even though she was treated badly her whole life, she didn’t feel the need to seek revenge and I think this was the perfect example of turning the other cheek.
This story makes a good example of pointing out the fact that people who are different get noticed and not always in a good way. If you’re not the same as everyone else, you’re seen as weird or dangerous. Whereas if you’re handicapped, as one of the characters put it, you’re doted on and people would want to care for you. It shows how peoples’ mindsets can be altered depending on the situation.
Everything is not “black and white”. You can’t build your life around that one bad thing that happened. You need to grow from it. This was The Voice’s problem. He didn’t grow from it. He made that one bad thing his everything.
I enjoyed this book very much and hope that more will come from it. I liked the characters, the ones that seemed okay and the ones that looked like they could use some help. Amazing character development as well.
Read: 28 August 2015
Publication Date: 21 July 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Eric Stephenson