ByTed Ryan, writer at
Ted Ryan

Throughout the years we've seen Noel Clarke work as an actor, screenwriter and director with professionalism and talent as he took on a variety of genres. Clarke is very well-known in terms of the science-fiction genre (Doctor Who, Star Trek Into the Darkness, The Anomaly and Storage 24) and this is his debut as a comic writer with The Troop. Yes, this is a sci-fi series and the first instalment came out in December - my copy only just arrived this week and hence my late review.

Here's the synopsis - Across the planet and unknown to each other, a group of troubled teenagers lead lives of quiet desperation. But hell is about to be unleashed, and they find their lives destroyed when dark forces target them. On the run, they discover they have unbelievable powers and must come together – as The Troop!

So this part has introduced several characters - most of their names are even a mystery - and the reader is thrown right in with the action. We meet Stephenie, a young woman from Australia who has the ability to turn to stone and after her family are attacked by a secret organisation has to go on the run with an older man and the pair quickly become lovers. An unlikely duo are on the run together (a little girl who has the ability to burn people from the inside through touch and a bad boy college student who has the ability to produce fire and another secret ability he keeps quiet) and both of these groups cross paths.

The organisation after these superhumans are a religious group who believe these people are demons and are determined to "restore balance" - small catch, these guys aren't running around with crosses and bibles... They are really advanced in technology and have weapons of mass destruction, but they seem particularly interested in this group.

Its definitely not a comic for younger readers, with mature content and is aimed at an adult reading audience. The characters seem very realistic as each of this has a dark past and have flaws of their own - at the moment it's hard to determine who is protagonist and who is the antagonist...

This comic was quite short but sweet and definitely has given a taste of an intriguing series and I will definitely be reading the next instalment coming on 13th January.


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