On this year’s Free Comic Book Day, Humanoids launched their new H1 line of titles with the H1 Ignition one-shot. A shared universe in which everyday people around the world mysteriously ‘ignite’ with superhuman abilities, the line was developed and designed by Carla Speed McNeil, Kwanza Osajyefo, and Yanick Paquette. H1 has already had two titles hit stands: Ignition by Osajefyo, Mark Waid, and Phil Briones; and Strangelands by Magdalene Visaggio, Darcy Little Badger, and Guillermo Sanna. The third title, coming this Wednesday, is Omni. Written by Devin Grayson, with art by Alitha E. Martinez and Bryan Valenza, Omni #1 formally introduces the first character featured in the H1 Ignition FCBD title, Cecilia Cobbina, a doctor who gains heightened intelligence as a result of the ‘ignition’ event.
More than a typical ‘super-smart doctor’ story, Grayson’s Cobbina is a compelling character made more so by her new abilities and the unique way in which they manifest themselves, and the way that Martinez, and Valenza visually represent those abilities is unexpected and clever. Check out a preview of the first seven pages of Omni #1 below to see for yourself. The debut issue of the series goes on sale digitally and in comic shops on Wednesday, August 14th.
Written by Devin Grayson
Illustrated by Alitha E. Martinez
Colored by Bryan Valenza
Lettered by A Larger World Studio
Cover by Mike McKone
A young doctor mysteriously acquires superpowers and quickly discovers that she’s not the only one. There are people all over the planet Igniting with powers, but only her power can answer “why”…
Cecelia Cobbina is a gifted doctor. Vibrant, compassionate and praised by both her peers and her patients. But that was before the incident in Africa. Before she was forced to leave her job at Doctors Without Borders behind. Before she gained the ability to think faster than the speed of light. Overwhelmed with the power to answer almost every question, she must now overcome her own fears and tackle the one code she can’t seem to break: the truth behind the ignited.