Comic Review: Silver Scorpion

I received this comic from NetGally with the permission of the publisher. I got nothing in return for  my review…not even a cookie…

Writer(s): Ron Marz,  Ian Edginton

Artist(s): Mukesh Singh, Edison George

Letters: Nilesh S. Mahadick

Colors: Jeevan J. Kang & S. Sundarakannan

Cover: Mukesh Singh

Publisher: Liquid Comics

Date to Be Published: Nov 6 2012

Type: Graphic Novel

Synopsis:

As seen in hundreds of major media outlets around the world, such as Time, The New York Post, USA Today, Fox News, NPR, and more, experience the origin story of a new disabled superhero, “Silver Scorpion.”

Based on the creative ideas of a group of disabled students from America and Syria, the Silver Scorpion tells the story of an Arabic teenager, Bashir Bari, who loses his legs in a tragic accident triggered by violent gangsters. Consumed with anger and grief, Bashir retreats into a world of isolation, resentful of the pitiful looks and whispers of strangers. When he accidentally witnesses the murder of Tarek, a mysterious local metal smith, Bashir is unwittingly chosen as the new guardian of an ancient power that has remained hidden for centuries. With new abilities allowing him to manipulate the metal around him, Bashir must now decide how to use this gift and balance the line between justice and revenge.

From Liquid Comics and the Open Hands Initiative.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 4

Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Art Score: 4 out of 5

Cover Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: A Must Read for Kids and Teens

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review:

This was a nice read. I love that it had a) characters with disabilities that are both visible and invisible (dyslexia), b) diversity both ethnically as well as in terms of gender and c) a nice back story for the heroes. The fact that this idea emerged from the ideas of American and Syrian teens just added to the comic and made it memorable for me. The writing and progression of the story wasn’t really challenging but, with that said, I think it’s great for middle schoolers and teens to read…even grown ups with the wrong ideas surrounding disabilities could learn a thing or two. There were moments though that the writing was amazing (check out my Instagram Book Moments). I also found that the Silver Scorpion (Bashir) wasn’t the main character but instead shared that titled with his female companions (Robina and Aimee) which has mean wondering if the comic should be called Silver Scorpion (mmm…).

I’m not going to pretend that I’m an expert on art but it was pretty good here. It’s not popping off the page or taking much risk in terms of placement of the panels but I like the way the females in this book are drawn (realistic!!!) which tends to be an ongoing issue in the comics industry as a whole. So good job on that! The cover is okay as well. Again, if it was on the shelf, it would probably get lost or over shadowed.

Overall, not a bad comic and it’s got a great story to tell!

A. A. Omer

I’ve grown up with the comic book characters we all know and love but I finally got into comics with the launch of DC’s NEW 52 in 2011. These opinions are mine and mine alone…unless, you know, you agree which will then mean it’s OUR opinion but disagreeing is totally fine too.

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