Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Emi Lenox
Jeff Lemire comes back with another strong, heartfelt creator-owned story with Plutona, a tale focusing on the lives of five suburban children as they discover the body of the world’s greatest superhero. The premise alone isn’t exactly too strong or intriguing, but as usual, Lemire manages to create naturally wonderful characters who are capable of carrying this title on their own without the need of an overly creative premise or an emphasis on action-filled panels.
The majority of this story is the establishment of the setting and characters, and very little actually occurs to advance the plot. In fact, nothing truly actually occurs that will have a major impact on the characters until the final page. While some readers will be turned off by the uneventful issue, those who appreciate natural and well-developed characters will find themselves very pleased with Plutona #1.
It should be no surprise that Lemire has created another story with fantastic characters. The five children of Plutona #1 can mostly be put into typical molds, but they all somehow stand on their own as unique characters that are familiar, yet new. They behave as schoolchildren actually would, and at times these children feel like some of the most authentic characters in the medium. There are bullies, cool kids, and outcasts, but it’s clear to the reader that there is so much more to these characters than their labels.
Emi Lenox’s art perfectly captures the essence of childhood. The characters have just enough detail to have a fair amount of physical diversity, but still appear simple enough to maintain the charm needed to make this title work. The art completely comes together with colors by Jordie Bellaire, whose tones are both vibrant and subdued. Every panel looks like it is full of life, and the characters are all expressive, with faces that are just fun to look at. Lemire’s signature art style comes in during a short story at the end of the story depicting the life in the hero found by the children. While these panels aren’t as impressive as some of Lemire’s previous works like Sweet Tooth, they still look great.