Review – ExtraOrdinary #0
Author: V. E. Schwab
Artist: Enid Balam
Cover Artist: Enid Balam(Cover A)
Publisher: Titan Comics
Available: May 5th 2021
BRAND NEW SERIES expands deeper into the world of Schwab’s critically acclaimed novels Vicious and Vengeful.
Set in the years between VICIOUS and VENGEFUL, “ExtraOrdinary” follows a teenage girl named Charlotte Tills who survives a bus crash and becomes EO-ExtraOrdinary, gaining the ability to see people’s deaths on reflective surfaces. V. E. Schwab is one of Entertainment Weekly’s 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now!
When asked about this new series, Schwab revealed to CBM that “the books grew out of the idea that if you took a real person–with all their shortcomings and self-interests– and gave them superpowers, they would not suddenly become heroes. If anything, they’d probably become villains.”
Charlotte Tills becomes EO–ExtraOrdinary, gaining the ability to see people’s deaths on reflective surfaces. But when she looks into her own future, she sees a murder. The man responsible? None other than the self-proclaimed hero and notorious EO killer Eli Ever, currently in prison for the murder of Victor Vale. Refusing to accept her fate, Charlotte pieces together what little she can glean from the reflections and sets off to find — and change — her future before it comes for her. This collection also includes the special World Comic Book Day, issue #0, which serves as a primer on Eli Ever, the antagonist at the heart of the Villains series, and the hunter at the heart of this comic arc.
V. E. Schwab’s first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. She is the author of the NYT bestselling Shades of Magic series, as well as a number of MG and YA novels, including This Savage Song. She has been called “the heir to Diana Wynne Jones.” Her dynamic work has caught the attention of major TV and film studios. Schwab has a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, but frequents Edinburgh.
Enid Balam began his career in 2015 as a colourist working for Delcourt, before finding work as a penciler and inker working for the likes of Humanoid, and Sergio Bonelli. His first graphic novel, Someday Comes Paradise was published in 2018.
Forbidden Planet caught up with both of them last month and you can see the interview below.
This extraordinarily (ahem) short preview issue (10 pages) sets up the story well with the new death accident and the first impact of getting EO powers dawning on Charlotte. It’s well worth a punt at 65p on the Forbidden Planet site that is the exclusive UK distributor! The cover art alone is worth the price without Schwab’s amazing script
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