Kids with uncontrollable emotions are the last people you want to give superpowers to. Too bad there are so many that it’s amazing the world hasn’t been destroyed more times in fiction than it already has. One of the most recent pieces of fiction to have this is Chuck Brown’s comic “The Quiet Kind” with art by Jeremy Treece and it has potential but not all of it is seen here.
A celestial fox has given shards of a super powerful flame to four children, giving them astronomical powers so that they can destroy the entire universe. Problem is, these kids have no idea why they have these powers and are out to find others like them and figure out why.
First, let’s talk about the main kid, Solomon. Yes, he gets bullied but as the comic goes on it becomes more apparent that he loves beating people up way too much and secretly wants to burn the world. While it is part of his character and why the fox gave him the shard, he comes off as a character you want to see die.
As for the plot itself, it’s a great idea that has a lot of potential. Problem is, the comic is over way before we get to see where this can go. There are a lot of neat ideas and the kids’ powers are interesting, as well as the lore, it’s just that there should be more story because it’s all wasted on one 56-page comic.
The artwork has a rather interesting look to it. It looks like a cartoon that’s meant to look and be edgy with heavy use of dark colors, characters looking like they have bad attitudes and just downright gritty. It’s a neat art style that fits the tone of the comic. The only problem is that sometimes the characters facial expressions look weird. One example is when the crew is attacked by a newcomer in Hong Kong, Oma has the same exact goofy look for three straight panels.
There’s an extra prologue comic called “The Before “with art by Kelly Williams. It’s basically the fox getting revenge on a wooly mammoth, nothing else. The artwork, on the other hand, is absolutely gorgeous. It is a watercolor wonderland and if you love watercolor art, this will please you to no end.
“The Quiet Kind” has a ton of neat ideas but they weren’t executed to the fullest in this comic. Solomon is a character you want to see dead, and the art has a nice style despite some odd drawings. There need to be more issues of this comic because there’s so much that needs to be told and shown.