Much like the character of Maudsley, although, hopefully, with purer intentions, Pariah writers Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt are, with these three issues of their twelve-issue comic series, setting various forces in motion and sending them on a collision course. It is frankly thrilling to watch. When reading Pariah, the reader is gleefully aware of the bigger picture that is slowly taking shape in front of their eyes. Where it’s taking us? I do not know, but I do know it is one hell of a ride. With the first two issues, we followed “vitros” who were polar opposites, but both generally good. This third issue will appeal to the cynics in the crowd as we see this teenager develop this incredible gift and exploit it utterly and unrepentantly. Whether you think Maudsley was sociopathic before becoming super-intelligent, or he became so because of his development, will determine what kind of cynic you are.
In many ways Pariah is unlike any comic I have ever read and, in many ways, it is like a lot of great comics that I’ve read. A ragtag group of misunderstood, super-powered youths, persecuted by the authorities, are forced to defend themselves (*cough*X-men*cough*coughcough*) Yet, I am consistently intrigued with the introduction of each new character who, despite having been bestowed with a similar congenital acumen, could not be more unique. These characters are not defined by what they are, but who they are. This and other messages will surely come into a clearer focus as the story unfolds, so why don’t you let me keep an eye on that hoagie for you, while you go pick up an issue. It’s what you want.