First Look at J. Torres and Dean Trippe's New Book!
Joey is the new kid in school and is spending his first day eating alone at the lunch table until Jerome, his soon to be best friend, decides to take a seat next to him. Jerome notices that Joey’s lunch is a little strange, and that everything that Joey eats is white. After an encounter with a strong-armed bully at school, Joey confesses to Jerome that he only eats white foods because other colored foods do something strange to him. It’s not everyday a kid can chew a piece of bubblegum and leap fifty feet into the air, and it certainly isn’t normal. Joey’s ability to gain superpowers based on the types of food that he eats is a wondrous thing in Jerome’s eyes, but Joey knows from experience that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Can Joey find a way to balance his powers and his diet? Or will he end up exposing himself and having to move again, starting all over at square one? This new title from Oni Press dares to ask those questions.
Written by J. Torres and illustrated by Dean Trippe, Power Lunch: First Course is a story that delves into the younger age realm of comics without lowering the integrity of the material. It’s very much styled and penned for kids, but I found it to be just as entertaining as an adult. In fact, I almost wish I had kids in order to read it to them. Though it’s just one of the first stories, the plot sets it up for lots of question as to the morals of having superpowers whenever you need them and if it’s ethical to use them to get ahead in life. Joey’s attitude so far is that he only uses them when it’s needed and to help someone else, but the idea of him being caught up in the social circles of school is full of possibilities to question that mindset.
The writing is tight, lean, and very easy to follow. At no point did I have to go back and re-read anything that Torres and Trippe had put on the page. The artwork is just the same way in the sense that it’s very clean and concise, and though it’s a modern style it still holds that retro feeling from books of the fifties and sixties. Much like Darwyn Cooke, Trippe’s style makes the reader nostalgic for the simpler times of comics.
Overall this is a great launching story, and I can’t wait to see where Torres and Trippe take the character next. It could really be a great starting point for many young comic book readers and a great bridge for adults to share with their children. In a medium that’s often oversaturated with violence, it’s nice to see a team that just wants to tell a great story for all ages, especially one that can offer a look into the comic book medium for those that haven’t reached their teenage years yet. I highly recommend this book when it’s released. In fact, I plan on buying a copy for my little cousins once it’s printed. I hope you all do the same.
Here's a link where you can pre-order the book through amazon: