Ender's Shadow Battle School
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Sebastian Fiumara
32 pp. Marvel. $3.99
Reviewed by Paul Stotts
A nine month old baby deciding the tank of a toilet would make a good long term hiding spot because it provides plenty of drinking water. That’s called resilient. Cockroaches living in a nuclear winter would shake their antennae in amazement. The same kid at four figuring out the math behind Einstein’s theories. That’s called precocious. An off-the-scale brilliance that’d make a member of Mensa feel dumb.
Both words accurately describe the phenomenon that’s Bean in Ender’s Shadow: Battle School. No wonder he’s being considered for admittance into
Marvel has done a tremendous job adapting author Orson Scott Card’s classic SF saga, first with the delicious Ender’s Game: Battle School, and now with Ender’s Shadow: Battle School. Getting the right creative team on a book is essential. Like air for a mammal, and food at an Italian wedding. You need creators who understand the source material. And who obviously love it. Love it enough to send those mushy Hallmark cards with the little hearts on them, cupid’s pink ass hovering about, arrow nocked.
Artist Sebastian Fiumara and writer Mike Carey clearly love Card’s work. And it shows. In big, bright neon letters. A thirty-two page love letter to a little boy called Bean, the orphaned prodigy of
It’s hard not to be enthralled by Mike Carey’s script; it’s tremendous. Like standing ovation good. Having such a notable novelist like Carey adapt the material was a shrewd choice, worthy of Bean himself. His understanding of both comic and novel-writing is a boon to the project, allowing him to infuse the series with great depth and subtle characterization that’s missing from most comics. And deserves to be appreciated.
With two issues now on the streets, Ender’s Shadow: Battle School is shaping up to be quite a ride.
Final Grade: 84 out of 100
Comic Break: Ender's Shadow Battle School #1 (Marvel)
Comic Break: Ender's Game Battle School #1 (Marvel)
Comic Break: Ender's Game Battle School #2 (Marvel)