Story: Christopher Sebela
Art: Chris Visions
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
What They Say:
Ash Parsons was raised to believe she’s special. As someone with a quirk of genetics that lets her teleport things, she’s the golden goose of her family—the foundation of a struggling criminal outfit.
Ash is able to pop out whole fleets of cars and entire bank vaults. But while she can teleport valuables and her accomplices, she can’t teleport herself — making every job a trust fall with her family there to catch her and escort her to safety. It’s a perfect setup but as things begin to change and the Parsons move up in the world, Ash will find herself pushing back against her golden cage, with deadly results.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
New series from AfterShock Comics continue to tantalize as they have some intriguing ideas in how they’re selling the concept and have some pretty solid creative. I’ve enjoyed a number of Chris Sebela’s works over the last few years, including his prior series for this publisher, and the concept behind this one is interesting as I like seeing creative limiters on people with powers. I’m less familiar with Chris Visions as an artist and that’s made getting into this book a bit of a mixed bag. I can definitely appreciate the style overall but with no real exposure to it previously, it made it hard to really connect with the book. Especially in the opening pages where it almost feels unfinished in some ways. Visions has a distinctive style and I got to like it more as it went on but it almost just feels too busy for me.
The premise behind this is that it focuses on a young woman named Ash Parsons. She’s got the ability to teleport things but not herself, which makes her an ideal thief if you can put things into motion just right. But that’s true of any thieving job. What makes hers work and leans into the title heavily is that her family are what backs her up on the missions. She’s able to get the goods out but they have to get her out safe and sound. Which can be tense since it’s all timed so well and there’s always the unexpected. We see that unfold in the opening pages as she deals with the theft, handling the guards weapons, and then a very close escape thanks to a pickup by her cousin. That can leave her a little frustrated and on edge but I do like that she seems to come off as very cool and composed overall.
Which is in contrast to the rest of her family when it shifts to her coming home and getting nothing but grief from what appear to be her parents. There’s a mix of family in this in how they interact with her but the sniping aspect is strong and you get the sense that she’s very much viewed just as a tool that they’re beating down in order to control better. There’s a lot of back and forth here but also a lot of celebration as it looks like this family has been granted a boon of becoming a “high level” criminal family, entering a new level where there are only a few others. That’s cause for celebration but also potential for a lot of changes and problems ahead. The thing is, there’s just so much going on here and so many strong personalities that it’s like getting hit with a firehose instead of drinking from a fountain and taking it all in. A second read helped a bit but it still feels like it’s pushing a lot out there too quickly.
Trust Fall has an interesting idea about it but it’s overloaded at the front and done in a somewhat confusing way that on first read made it harder to get into than I expected. I really like the concept and the use of various levels of crime families offers some neat ways to move things along and expand the world. Sebela has a lot going on in this opener but we don’t really get to know Ash as well as I think we needed to in order to make her the person we understand this world through. Visions’ artwork grew on me the more I read it but there’s a flow to it combined with how Sebela is telling the story that makes the opening half harder to connect with than it should be.
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: AfterShock Comics
Release Date: June 12th, 2019