Marvel’s best new all ages comics, Takio, comes from the creators of the ultra graphic Powers!
Spinning out of last years graphic novel of the same name, Takio tells the story of two sisters (Taki and Olivia) and their adventures as the first and only superheroes in the world. The book shows the realistic learning curve the girls go through from everything of keeping a secret identity to learning how use their powers.
In classic superhero tradition the girls gained their powers by from a lab accident, which resulted in the scientist being arrested and his daughter gaining powers and becoming the girl’s archenemy; a power that Olivia describes as kung-fu telekinesis, the ability to hit objects and people with telekinetic energy.
Michael Avon Oeming’s artwork is perfect for an all ages book. Oeming’s creates detailed and expressive faces with only simple lines and shapes. His explosive splash pages and dynamic storytelling really creates a feeling of motion in everything from an action scene to where the girls are just talking.
Although Oeming has been known for graphic storytelling and scenes of violence in his work, this book seems like an even bigger departure for writer Brian Michael Bendis. Granted, Bendis has written younger readers books in the past (Ultimate Spiderman), he’s always had the teenage angst to play with. This is a story not only for pre teens but is also about them.
Bendis does a great job catching everyone up with issue one, so although the original graphic novel isn’t required reading for this series it does add a lot depth and character development to this series.
Takio is a fun and exciting read for kids and kids at heart.