Creator/ Writer/ Illustrator/ Letterer: Jarrett Williams
Colorists: Fred Stressing, Meg Casey and Jeremy Lawson
Publisher: Z2 Comics
Billed as “a refreshingly light manga-infused adventure for kids who love Scott Pilgrim, Power Rangers, or just having fun on a Saturday morning”, Hyper Force Neo certainly fits this designation as an action-packed futuristic high school, sci-fi/superhero tour de force. An adrenaline-fueled creation from the mind of Oni Press vet Jarrett Williams (Super Pro K.O., Adventure Time) , “hyper” is a fitting word to include in the title as it is a perfect way to describe this lively tome. It seems as if every page is jam-packed with unbridled creative energy. So much energy in fact that the printed page (well, digital in the case of my review copy) seems to barely contain it at times.
The story follows a futuristic tale of a 9th grader thrust into leading a team of mech suited teens tasked with helping save their city against an alien invasion. Williams’ kinetic styling crafts a book that is just as exciting as the description would lead you to believe it should be with vivid designs and bouncy art. The almost saccharine sweet colors are a perfect mesh with Williams’ art and the book really has the feel of a Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network cartoon captured on page. Indeed, I could easily see this property in the same sphere as The Fairly Odd Parents, Steven Universe, or other such fare. Williams’ insertion of many different interesting ideas on how future teen life might be also adds to the fun and helps to create a fascinating environment that the kids live in.
Hyper Force Neo is a vibrant book from a creator with a loud and colorful style. One can’t help but think of words like “frenetic”, “vivid” and “fun” to describe it. If this sounds like the kind of book you might be interested in it certainly comes highly recommended. Do not miss it.
William Satterwhite is the creator of the superhero webcomic Stealth and a freelance designer, internet consultant and illustrator living in Douglasville, Ga. His professional website can be found at www.williamsatterwhite.info.