Colorful New Hero Arrives! || ARC Review: Primer

DC Zoom has been putting out new stories about new superheros, and I’ve loved every single one of these new and unique stories! Primer is the newest superhero on the block, and I loved her story so much.

Title: Primer
Author: Jennifer Muro and Thomas Krajewski
Publisher: DC Zoom
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Genres: MG Contemporary Graphic Novel

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Official Synopsis

Artistry and super-heroics collide as a colorful new superhero finds her place in the world.

Animation superstars Jennifer Muro and Thomas Krajewski introduce us to a brand-new superhero with a colorful array of superpowers! Thirteen-year-old Ashley Rayburn is an upbeat girl with a decidedly downbeat past. With a criminal father in prison, Ashley has bounced from foster home to foster home with trouble always finding her along the way. Finally settling in with loving and supportive foster parents, Ashley’s world is turned upside down again when she stumbles upon a set of body paints that grant the wearer a multitude of superpowers. But the government agency that made those paints wants them back, and now she has to make hard choices to protect her new family while overcoming the shadows of the past.

Lasting Impressions

For such a short graphic novel, this one packs quite the punch. Ashley is a thirteen-year-old girl who has been to several foster homes due to her rebellious nature and snarky attitude. I immediately loved her sass and love for pranks. She seems so upbeat, but she has a lot beneath the surface. She is afraid of being abandoned, and she’s afraid of becoming like her criminal father. As she begins a new life with new foster parents and a new school, she tries to find where she fits. I’m positive many young teens will connect with Ashley as she figures out who her friends and allies are, especially as she discovers the body paints that give her super abilities.

The addition of the body paints with super powers is such a unique and fun idea, one that works perfectly with the art in this book. The colors are bright and stunning, matching Ashley’s personality and her worldview.

Quick Thoughts

  • This book is so funny! Ashley’s sense of humor really shines throughout the whole novel, and I loved that about her.
  • Ashley’s foster parents and her new friend Luke are great secondary characters that support Ashley in the best way.

Overall Feelings

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There was a hint at the end of this book that there might be another book! I would absolutely pick a sequel up—I’d pick up a whole series! Ashley is such a lovable main character, and the uniqueness of her super abilities and her touching story is just the right blend for an amazing graphic novel.

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