A comet causes a severe electromagnetic disturbance across the world, with a tenth of the Earth’s population developing telepathic powers. With the situation affecting such a huge number of people, chaos ensues – and the authorities struggle to get to grips with the impact these new abilities have on society. Several people from different walks of life are in the spotlight over the course of the story, which takes us from the heart of the US Government, to the Boston PD and even into the suddenly telepathic prisoners who are able to manipulate their way to freedom.

Babylon 5 writer J. Michael Straczynski and legendary artist Steve Epting already have the makings of a classic comic run on their hands, even though we’re only into the second issue of Telepaths. The first issue, which set up our diverse cast of characters and the near-apocalyptic event itself, paves the way for the real chaos and disorder to kick off here, with a rapidly evolving socio-political situation leading to looting, disruption and destruction on a massive scale. Telepaths has the feel of a mega-budget disaster movie, with its sprawling cast, action – both big and small in scale – and well-handled drama, including scenes of scientists trying to get a handle on a near-impossible-to-control situation.

Though dialogue and exposition heavy, the pace doesn’t feel as if it lets up for a second – and some incredibly interesting dynamics are set up within the story, that’s headed to some really interesting places. It’s a shame that we don’t see far beyond America in terms of the comet’s effect on society, but with such a big scale set-up, this leaves the door wide open for stories beyond this one. It’s yet another strong series not just for the creative team, but also for AWA Studios, who are rapidly becoming one of the most reliable and interesting comic book publishers in the industry, with their quality-over-quantity focus. Highly recommended.

Many thanks to AWA Studios for providing me with a copy of Telepaths #2 for review purposes.

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