Why You Should Read It: Quincredible
The Mighty Quin
Quincredible revolves around a young Black boy named Quin. Quin lives in New Orleans with his mother and father. The family has had to survive the past horrors of Hurricane Katrina and the current horrors of systematic oppression and police brutality in the present. What Quin’s parents don’t know is that a meteor struck Quin one night and gifted him with the power of invulnerability. You might think that is an awesome power, but Quin was not also gifted other powers like super strength, flight, or laser eye beams. Besides this incredible power, Quin is a very bright kid that deals with problems almost every young Black male deals with: processing how racism affects his everyday life, avoiding the temptation and/or harassment of gangs, school, girls, and whether to get more involved in his community. What sets Quin apart are his incredible gift and his genius-level intellect. Quin is also blessed with a loving and caring family. What Quin doesn’t realize is his family and world are about to grow a lot bigger.
Quincredible is written by Rodney Barnes (Falcon) with art from Selina Espiritu (Brave Chef Brianna). Lion Forge publishes the book under the Catalyst Prime imprint. Barnes has characterized Quin as a cross between Peter Parker/Miles Morales/Static Shock/Luke Cage, but he still manages to keep this book fresh and not a complete retread or reimagining of used comic book tropes. Barnes also positions Quin to potentially be the center of the Catalyst Prime universe, which reminded of how Marvel Studios is positioning the cinematic version of Peter Parker to be the new center of the MCU.
Espiritu’s art really compliments Barnes’ story. Espiritu’s colors really pop off the page and paints the book’s version of New Orleans and a vibrant place full of culture. Espiritu really excels and facial expressions. I could clearly see when Quin was overjoyed and amazed after having his power tested. Espiritu also does a great job portraying the desperation and of the people of New Orleans still reeling form Katrina while being plagued by drugs, violence, and police misconduct.
Quincredible centers on Quin embracing his power while figuring out the right way to use it to help people. Quin struggles with finding a use for his power since all he has is invulnerability. Quin is also struggling with deciding to become more active in his community. Quin admires his classmate; Brittany who is active in their community but feels she does not even notice him. Quin also looks up to Dr. Davis who is a community organizer who Brittany volunteers with. Brittany and Dr. Davis inspire Quin to become more involved in his community, and he decides to use his power to make a difference. Quin ends up getting caught in the middle of a conflict that involves the community, the local superheroes, and his own family. It is time for Quin to become incredible.