Review: They’re Not Like Us #4

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Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Eric Stephenson
Art: Simon Gane
Colours: Jordie Bellaire
Lettering: Fonografiks

 

In issue #3 of They’re Not Like Us, Syd, who recently discovered she is not the only person in the world – or even in the city – to have some weird powers (hers is mind reading) has learnt to use it on other people, specifically a paedophile nobody will miss. But she is unable to stop thinking about something The Voice, who is the leader of the group of young… well, gifted individuals, said: she will need to kill her own parents, to make sure nobody can recognise her. But her parents are rich, and they will use all their resources in order to find her: they already started looking.

Issue #4 opens with a dream sequence in which Blurgirl, another member of the group (her power is extreme speed), sees her parents blaming her for something. She wakes up, and goes to talk to Syd – who wonders why Blurgirl picked her, as she is the newest member of the group.

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Meanwhile the senior members, led by The Voice and clairvoyant Maisie, are discussing Syd’s position in the group.

I spent most of my review to issue #3 showing how They’re Not Like Us is nothing like The X-Men, so I suggest you to go check that (linked above) in case you are wondering.

Good, that’s out of the way now. For this month at least.

The dialogues are a major strength in this series. They are lively, strong, very “real” despite some of the topics dealt with. There isn’t much action, proving that this is not a superhero comic although yes, they do have powers: it is more a coming of age story, a focus on someone (Syd) who is not accepted in a world and doesn’t really want to belong in the one that would be ready to welcome her. A good metaphor for the teenage years of most people.

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Last month I compared Simon Gane’s art to Guido Crepax’s and Milo Manara’s (devoid of all their typical sexual undertones, even in an “intimate” scene): 1970s artists. In this issue I noticed some other influence: early Chester Gould. Yes, the man who drew (and wrote) Dick Tracy. In the 1930s. Somehow, Gane’s work makes They’re Not Like Us look and feel timeless. Eric Stephenson’s texts help.

They’re Not Like Us is a really good series, and this fourth issue steps up the pace. I can’t wait to see what happens next…

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