Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Chris Wildgoose
Colors by Andre May
Letters by Jim Campbell
The Rundown: The kids test their new powers while the school reels from the disappearance of one of their own.
Sam is having dreams about the darkest inner thoughts Leon had and when he awakens, the creature they discovered has gotten bigger and more hungry. As he contemplates what is happening to him and the others, he is confronted by another person he considers fake; Chelsea.
When Chelsea uses her faith and the thought of potential fame to influence the school using a missing Leon as the catalyst, the three kids decide to use the being known as Chip to enter her mind and use her faith as a weapon against her. Not knowing the full extent of their powers or thinking about the consequences of what they are doing, Sam contemplates what they are doing before being confronted by his mother.
The Story: Alienated has an interesting premise and plot. Unfortunately, the characters are less so. For all of Sam’s maudlin, pseudo-intellectual insights, he just comes off as disingenuous and one dimensional. Spurrier has made the mistake of making this character seem deep, but Sam really has nothing to say. I don’t know if that’s his character or if Spurrier is writing him to be the voice of reason, but the character feels fake at times. The other characters are almost equally as shallow and uninteresting. As interesting as this premise is, the thing that holds it back from being engaging is its characters.
The Art: Chris Wildgoose delivers some beautiful art in this issue. The dream sequence and the invasion of one of the character’s minds are drawn beautifully and there is so much great detail to be found in the panels of this issue.