This week’s lead review for Wednesday Comics is Indigo Children #1, which asks the question — who are the Indigo Children? Plus, the Wednesday Comics Team has its usual rundown of the new #1s, finales and other notable issues from non-Big 2 publishers, all of which you can find below … enjoy!

Indigo ChildrenIndigo Children #1

Story: Curt Pires and Rockwell White
Script: Curt Pires
Art: Alex Diotto
Colors: Dee Cunniffe
Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Publisher: Image Comics

If you grew up in the 90’s you might remember hearing about Indigo Children — those gifted children with strange empathic abilities that could bend spoons, see the future, or had off-the-charts intelligence and spiritual awareness. Yet, ten years later they seemed to vanish from daytime talk shows and public discourse. In Curt Priers and Rockwell White’s new book, we’re led down a rabbit hole of conspiracy to find out what happened to these Indigo Children and who might be hiding them.

Donovan Price, a stoic journalist, finds himself trapped in a web of political espionage when an anonymous source sends him a videotape of a boy named Alexei who claims to remember life on Mars. Things get stranger as Alexei demonstrates some otherworldly abilities. Weirder yet, there are no traces that remain of the boy or his mother.

Indigo Children

In a sea of stories about powerful kids, Indigo Children chooses to focus on the mystery to great success. From start to finish it was an engaging read, as I found myself quickly flipping through to the next page eager to fall deeper into the story. The dialogue made each character come alive and only lent more to the mystery, while the color and the visuals enhanced the sense of urgency in each moment. From the start, I felt like I was racing to the end, even though I wanted to stop and spend more time with each moment. Cunniffe’s color in particular really set the tone and aided the smooth transitions between scenes.

The main character Donovan was the only setback for me. Next to a cast of secondary characters, whose personalities seemed clear and engaging, Donovan himself felt hard to root for as he came across flat and affectless. I suspect this is because it was the first issue and that as we unfold the mystery of the Indigo Children, so too will we learn more about Donovan Prince. My big hope is that this series will draw in its reader with clues and conspiracies of their own to theorize about as they try to untangle the mystery alongside Donovan.

Indigo Children

Indigo Children is a great start to what promises to be a wild and immersive ride, that I can’t wait to continue.

Verdict: BUY

Megan Grace

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