Title: Livewire #1
Words: Vita Ayala
Art: Raul Allen & Patricia Martin
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Publication Date: December 19, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! FOR THE FIRST TIME, LIVEWIRE TAKES CENTER STAGE! Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all? From rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and astounding artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS) comes an electrifying new series that will launch the Valiant Universe into a new age of champions!
“I touched technologies the brightest minds of this world couldn’t dream of. I battled monsters, invaders, and mad men to keep this planet sage. All these efforts to find ways to better the world. Now, the same people who were happy to take all I offered are trying to paint me as a terrorist.”
Okay, so Livewire has made a mistake…or two…but that doesn’t make her deserving of having a bounty placed on her head, right? Well, unfortunately it does. You see, Livewire became America’s Most Wanted only after sending the nation into a devastating blackout. And, as far as this nation is concerned, technopath-induced blackouts mean going straight to jail; no passing go; no collecting two-hundred-dollars. Regardless of what she did, or why there are a bounty-hunters hot on her trail, readers know that Livewire’s head was in the right place and that her intention wasn’t to cripple the United States and hold it for ransom, and that, my friends, is what makes this story an interesting one.
Despite not meaning to do so, Livewire caused complete and utter chaos, and now, she’s found herself in some hot water. We readers an only hope that throughout this series, Livewire can be redeemed, vindicated, her actions justified; the path to salvation is dangerous, and already, after this debut issue, it is clear that Livewire has one hell of an uphill battle ahead of her.
Writer Vita Ayala wastes no time in getting this story started and immediately treats readers to an opening scene that is as telling and insightful as it is exciting. By generating a great deal of momentum here, Ayala is able to coast on the previously generated energy while establishing the plot. Come issue’s end, Ayala turns up the intensity and provides readers with good reason to eagerly await Livewire #2.
Clean and sharp, the artwork in this issue is easy to digest and enjoy. Focusing more on character expressions and movement, artists Raul Allen and Patricia Martin are able to create lived-in settings and authentic transitions that highlight Ayala’s script.
All in all, Livewire #1 is an electric debut issue that promises greatness; a must read for Valiant fans.
The Bottom Line:
No time is wasted in getting this excited new on-going series off the ground and running; lively and well-balanced, Livewire #1 offers a strong reading experience that does all of the work of a debut issue without feeling like one.