They’re Not Like Us #13
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Eric Stephenson
Art: Simon Gane
Colours: Jordie Bellaire
In the second story arc of They’re Not Like Us we saw the group of super-powered young people led by Tabitha, formerly known as Syd, try to reorganise after having left the man who calls himself The Voice (but who is actually called Stephen), who had gathered, brainwashed and mistreated them. But there are a lot of challenges out there – and of new allies to find.
The new issue opens with Maisie, who sees the future, visited in hospital by The Voice: she’s his last remaining ally, and she foresees doom and gloom. But the man is confident in his abilities to manipulate the thoughts of those around him. Maisie also thinks that Moon, another woman like them, is dead; we know it’s true, she’s been killed in a fight to the death by Heasley, one of Tabitha’s new allies. But The Voice is not alone – some of the young men who used to work with Kenna, another of Tabitha’s new friends, seems to have joined him.
As you can guess from this confused attempt at a recap, They’re Not Like Us is quite a complex story, and now we seem to be at a crossroads, with alliances being… quite fluid. Eric Stephenson has been able to create a net of events that, despite being quite complex (and nearly impossible to summarise), are perfectly clear to those who have been reading the series.
Simon Gane’s art is fascinating. It is fully original and personal, but at the same time it shows some 1970s influences, from Milo Manara to Jacques Tardi, from Sergio Toppi to Hugo Pratt (with something of Chester Gould’s later style), that come through especially in the characters’ faces and bodies. Jordie Bellaire’s colours complete it masterfully.
The lettering, by Fonografiks, adds to the 1970s feel by… well, reprising the style that was common at the time.
If anyone wants to get into They’re Not Like Us, now is the right moment: it’s the start of a new story arc, and the author is giving us quite some elements to help the reader understand what’s going on in the story. It will never be like having started from the beginning (which is what I’d suggest you to do if you wish to get into this series), but at least you won’t be completely lost.