I liked the diversity represented in Superb: Life After The Fallout. The Down Syndrome representation is, to my knowledge, ground-breaking in superhero graphic novels. That, combined with Kayla being African American, and Abbie (who plays a lesser role) being a heavier-set Asian, definitely checks a good number of ‘representation needed’ boxes. On the actual representation of someone with Downs Syndrome, I can only assume- given the nod from the National Down Syndrome Society in the back of the book - that is accurate and/or believable. I have no relationships or interactions to draw experience from personally.
I had trouble getting into the first couple of issues in Superb: Life After The Fallout. It felt very run of the mill, and just wasn’t particularly the type of story that draws my interest. The third issue hooked me, though, and I was definitely paying more attention from then on out. The last issue in the volume threw me off because it involved none of the characters we knew. Instead it was devoted to the detailing the Event that changed everything. Including a revelation that – sorry -- wasn’t even close to being surprising.
There was supposed to be some ‘awkward steps of rekindling their friendship’ but there wasn’t, really. It amounted Kayla just assuming they were best friends again right away, Jonah saying no, they weren’t, not really – and then, presto, stressful events bond them together into a somewhat argumentative superhero team (trio if you count Abbie).
The art for Superb: Life After The Fallout was solid. It’s a realistic style complemented by rich colors when possible. The dialogue is kind of bland. I didn’t encounter anything particularly quote worthy. In terms of things that happen within the story, I did appreciate that Jonah was underestimated because of his having Down Syndrome. Like having an extra chromosome automatically means you can’t kick butt as a superhero.
I can’t say I was interested enough in Superb: Life After The Fallout to pick up any further issues, but I am very glad it exists. For children with Down Syndrome, having a superhero that has the same thing that they have must be a fantastic thing. I hope the series brings lots of joy to them.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.