The basic point of a #1 is to hook a reader into reading the title. This is especially important when introducing a new character to readers. It’s tough to do, and something that even veteran writers have trouble doing. Tomorrow Jones has some things to work out, but it is a strong #1.
Brian Daniel’s script perfectly lays out what this series is about. Tomorrow Jones is a super powered teenager who isn’t the biggest fan of her parents. They are super heroes as well, so naturally somewhat aloof to her life. The set up is as classic as they come, but it still works. Tomorrow Jones doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, but it’s still a fun read. In a day with brooding heroes everywhere, it’s nice to see a hero isn’t completely down on every aspect of life. Since this is the first issue, it’s not surprising that Tomorrow seems slightly stuck in over used tropes of teenage heroes. She does seem slightly young for the story, but this more of a personal preference thing than an actual fault on the comic. But with the young age of Tomorrow and her classmates, I find it very hard to believe that there is a 250 pound girl in her school. Fourteen is late middle school/early high school, so there is no way a girl could be that big that fast.
One high point of the series is the subtle commentary on franchise heroes and people wanting to be their own person. It’s something that Daniel should explore deeper in future issues. Things like women always showing a lot of skin is discussed, and in a logical way. To often we see young heroes just accepting that they have to wear tight spandex and lave little to the imagination, but Tomorrow outright questions it and wonders why she has to dress this way. This may be over thinking, but it seems that Daniel might be trying to give us a female version of Clark Kent. She has similar powers and uses glasses as a disguise. It didn’t occur to me until the second read through, but it’s a good story point if that was Daniel’s purpose.
Johan Manadin’s art is good, but needs work. Tomorrow is fourteen, but looks much older than that. In fact, the ages of everyone is somewhat vague, as her parents look only a couple of years older than her. Manadin’s artwork is of the cheesecake variety, with every girl having rather full “assets.” Some wont mind, but with a new book trying to break into the medium, a good way would be to make the art stand out more. Manadin has the action scenes down though, as they flow well. The reader can feel the movement of Tomorrow as she jumps out of a moving car. Character expressions are good as well, and it’s clear Manadin gets his inspiration from the manga side of comics.
Tomorrow Jones #1 is a good start to a new series. It’s not perfect, but shows quite a bit of potential. Fans of Superman should do themselves a favor and check out this book.
Tomorrow Jones #1 gets 3.5/5
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