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Graphic Novel Review: Pariah #1 & #2 by Aron Warner

Pariah issue #1

by Aron Warner

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  • Publisher: SEA LION BOOKS
  • Published: June  2011
  • ASIN: B005PHUK58
  • Review Source: Sea Lion Books

Find it:  Goodreads   |   Amazon   |    Pariah Website

Overview:

Brent Marks is not a freak. He is one of the Pariah, a group of teens who become extremely intelligent after being cured of a genetic disorder. Although in most ways a normal teen, Brent is considered dangerous and is tracked down by the government who see these kids as an enormous threat. Can he evade them? What do they have planned for Brent and the others?

 

 

 

Pariah issue #2

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  • Publisher: SEA LION BOOKS
  • Published: August 2011
  • ISBN: 9357372563
  • ASIN: B005JDW0T2
  • Review Source: Sea Lion Books

Find it:  Goodreads   |   Amazon   |    Pariah Website

Overview:

Why are the most elite black-ops forces chasing a 16-year-old girl across the country? Why can’t they find her? And why do they want to kill her? Because they think Lila Ellerman is a terrorist who released a deadly virus into the wild. But really, she’s just a girl with a crush on a guy named Brandon. Yes, she’s figured out the science of controlling anti-matter, but that doesn’t make her a criminal. Will she be able to protect her friends and keep them from being taken prisoner, or worse?

 

 

 

My Take on Pariah Issues #1 & #2:

[quote pos=”right”] YA readers are going to love Pariah. [/quote]
With an exhilarating adventure and its lush artwork, Pariah #1 is a fun quick read with a lasting impression. I couldn’t peel my eyes from the page. From the moment I met our main character, Brent Marks, I was engaged in his story and the world around him. His troubles leapt from the page and propelled me into the life of an average teenager who was simply, anything BUT average. Marks is a Vitro, one of many children who become extremely intelligent after being cured of a genetic disorder. Even his parents are terrified of him and his abilities. Like any other teenager who just wants to fit in, he attempted to hide the part of himself that makes him special from the rest of the world. By building secret devices in his bedroom and carrying a deadly one around in his pocket, Marks introduces us to the scary side of the human mind.

In Issue #1, Warner sets the stage for an inevitable epic battle. Something devastating has happened and as a result, all the Vitro’s are blamed and being hunted down like animals. Not knowing what else to do, Marks decides to try and act “normal” and go to school. Little did he know the trouble he would get into before he even made it to class, and how the consequences of a quick-thinking decision which ends up saving his life, would later be his undoing.

 

 

Favorite Edible Quotes from Brent Marks:

 

“See like this right here. Is she talking about herself? Is she saying kiss me you beautiful hunk of freak?”

 

“Half of the time I’m lost in my own head, fighting to keep my mind quiet. And the other half of the time I’ve lost to it. And it’s in control.”

 

“And in case you were wondering…Yes, yes I do have elements of a highly advanced, partially constructed deep space craft in my bedroom. And no I haven’t figured out how to get it out of here. Or what to do with it when I do.”

 

 

 

 

Lila Ellerman, the star of Issue #2 is not your average boy chasing teenager. She is a survivor from the events that happened in Issue #1.  Now she and other Vitro’s have fled deep into the woods and are fighting for the survival against a government who is set on controlling them, or worse, killing them. So what’s a girl to do when she is on the run and being framed for a crime she didn’t commit? She becomes the leader of said runaways and makes out with her “boyfriend” of course.

 

I loved, loved, lovedand loved with a deep passion Lila. I think I spent most of my time reading this comic, laughing hysterically to myself. Her sarcastic and witty way with words left me in stitches as I devoured each page. As a highly intelligent Vitro, Lila uses her gifts to her advantage. Whether it’s enhancing experiments in the lab, or rounding up a bunch of scared yet smart individuals, Lila knows how to get the job done. Unfortunately for her, so does the American government.

 

Overall, Pariah is something to savor. The tension is monumental, and Warner gives you just enough action in each issue to keep you salivating for more. Like a horse being lead to water, readers will want to jump from issue to issue just to see where our young heroes will end up next.  If you are looking for a lighthearted, extremely funny read filled with loads of action, I highly recommend giving this new series a try.

 

 

Edible Quotes from Lila Ellerman:

 

“That’s Brandon. We’re dating. Actually, I don’t know if you can call this dating. Let’s just say this: We make out sometimes. And it’s great.”

 

“I never thought I could be intimidating. Turns out all it takes is the properly applied use of pyrotechnics. A dash of physical force. And a flair for the dramatic.”

 

“It’s been a week since we ran but so far the party plus competition equation is holding true. So far what I’ve learned in the woods:  Alcohol: Easy.Untraceable Global Connectivity: Much harder.”

 

“Sometimes you have to ignore the voice of intelligence, and give into the voice of cornbased passion.”

 

 

 

 

 

My Rating

 

4.5 out of 5 Controllers

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Due to some usage of strong language, I recommended Pariah for teens age 16 and up.

 

 

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