NOBLE #3 | Writer: Brandon Thomas | Penciller: Roger Robinson | Colorist: Juan Fernadez | Letterer: Saida Temofonte | Price: $3.99
Brandon Thomas’ work on Lion Forge’s first Catalyst Prime title continues to amaze me in Noble #3. In this issue, we open up with David Powell laying the hurt down a number of scientists who didn’t seem to expect the assault. Like every issue thus far the reveals have been enough to keep me quick on the page turn. We’re introduced to Lorena, someone that it seems he knows, and someone he seems to have complete control over here. With his level of power, this is rather interesting. As expected, the company calling itself “Foresight” seems to have created weapons out of humans and found a way to control them.
Every issue of Noble thus far has been sure not to be stingy with generous doses of pure, explosive action. Every page, every panel with Powell reminds us of how powerful he is, and beyond that, he also seems like he had some sort of extensive combat training beforehand. Outside of his abilities he certainly seems to know how to handle himself in a fight. The only real threat that Foresight seems to pose to him is the mysterious voiceprint override that only Lorena has (as far as we know) and what also looks like the ability wipe his memory. Whether or not this is actually case is unclear.
The plot is driven by Powell’ need to find out who he is, as well as where his family is. In the first few issues he seems attached the flashes of the memories of his son to keep him motivated. Meanwhile, his wife, Astrid, an ex-agent of what seems to be Foresight, has no memory issues and was informed that her husband is alive. She’s fighting through hell and high water to get to him. I absolutely love her action scenes! Though at the same time, Foresight is trying to bring Powell and Astrid back in. This creates an attraction of forces moved by plot and opposing desires. Great conflict and story construction.
As the Catalyst Prime universe continues to expand, more truths about it unfold. Where there is power, there are always greedy organizations trying to harness it. As such there are always people trying to oppose it. That struggle is a basis for strong moral dichotomy in the fight for control and nobility. These are the kind of super hero origin stories that I like. With the kind of powered individuals the book is introducing, it seems that the possibilities for heroes and villains are endless. I’m interested to see what the writers come up with.
The creative team on this book is a powerhouse. It’s clear that Brandon Thomas likes to write action and Roger Robinson is exceedingly proficient at drawing it. I can’t get enough of it! Roger’s skill with making the human anatomy look so powerful is a talent in itself. He also has a way with giving each character their own distinct look. I never mistaken one for another, even if I’m unable to tell their hair color or what they are wearing. On top of all that, I still must give a shout out to the colorist and letterer for bringing this all together. Everything together makes Noble the great work of art that it is.
Noble is one of my favorite comics right now. It’s rare we get a book with a solid, constantly compelling story that features brand new black characters at the forefront. It’s even more rare that we get, skilled, proficient black women in them as well. Astrid is just as skilled as her husband if not more so (barring his powers), and I loved her action scene so much, I must’ve read it three of four times. This was the perfect book to kick off the new Catalyst Prime universe, and as always, I am awaiting the next issue. Go list it at your LCS now.