So this review is a week late, and I apologize for that. But, dude, Noble from Lion Forge is still so damn good. Last month I talked about how the comic centered the perspective of Astrid Powell, the title character’s wife. This is still definitely evident, though the narrative feels more evenly split this time.
Warning: this review is not spoiler free, so proceed at your own caution.
We open with a flashback to six months ago. Dr. Demarcus Mayes declares David Powell dead and brings him to the morgue. Then, to his surprise, Powell wakes up. Then, we flash forward to the present. Powell lives in hiding in Bolivia as a building super and a local superhero under an assumed name. Then, we cut to Astrid, arriving in Argetina, a previous location Powell stayed in. She meets a woman willing to talk to her, and this conversation is intercut with a fight between Powell and some local criminals in Bolivia. Finally, we shift to Mexico, where Mayes is also living under an assumed name as a trauma surgeon. The twist comes when we discover that Mayes conducts human experiments on criminals who come to him for care.
I really enjoyed that twist! Something I can say for the Catalyst Prime universe so far: they really do a good end-of-issue villain reveal. I don’t know if this means that Mayes had something to do with Powell’s powers, but I’m thinking so.
I also love the way that the issue unfolds like the rising action for an action movie. The intercutting between Astrid’s storyline and Powell’s works beautifully, in particular. It felt very cinematic to me, and I would love to see Catalyst Prime — and especially Noble — make the jump to video some day, at this point.
Roger Robinson and Juan Fernandez bring beautiful illustration and colors to the table, with a very realistic color palette. I’m looking forward to seeing more over the coming months — visually, this comic is a joy to behold. Brandon Thomas brought more dialogue to this issue than last month, but the dialogue was once again spot on. My favorite lines were:
“We told the white men with guns nothing.”
“Don’t you hurt Mr. Brass.”
Honestly, the supporting characters made this issue — the woman Astrid meets says the first line, and her son says the second. This comic pulls no punches regarding South America and race relations, and we learn a lot about David Powell through the effect he has on other people.
Overall, Noble is great storytelling, and I really look forward to next month’s issue!