Noble Volume 1

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 10 Mar 2018

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I'm mixed on the pacing and David's amnesia, as well as the art. This seems to be a running trend for Catalyst Prime solo series.
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This series is really intriguing, with characters you will care about. I like the personal development as much as I like the story development. Great artwork, and a plot that draws you in from issue to issue, It’s not just about adventure, but people.
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I did not understand where people would enjoy this.
it wasnt terrible, but the plot was not something i enjoyed.
i tried three times and couldnt get into it. while ifinished the volume, it wasnt my bag.
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Noble has brain powers. He can make things move. He’s supposed to be dead. Maybe he was dead, but it’s hard to keep a good brain down. Sometimes he wears an Iron Man suit (different color scheme so as not to infringe the look) and sometimes he just wears an iron mask he cobbled together.

He’s in Bolivia but his wife is going to find him, even if she has to jump out of airplanes, which apparently is something she’s done before because she’s kind of badass. Unfortunately for Astrid she jumps into Argentina, which is a few mountains away from Bolivia.

Noble is a weapon, and someone named Lorena at the Foresight Corporation in Mexico is supposed to be the weapon’s safety, but apparently that hasn’t worked out so well. Lorena calls Noble David, but Noble doesn’t like to be called David even though he’s not sure what his real name might be. All you really need to know about Lorena is that she’s … unpleasant.

Chapter 4 explains The Event that gave David his mind powers, whatever they might turn out to be. Except it doesn't really explain anything. David Powell was an astronaut. The Event happened to him in space when he was trying to keep an asteroid from killing the Earth. That’s about all we know. That’s more than David knows.

Now here’s what I don’t get. David keeps griping that he can’t remember anything. So Astrid finally finds him and clearly knows him and wants to help him and what does David do? He says “Sorry, I don’t know you” and flies away. Commitment-phobic? Or he remembers her but wants an excuse to break up? If he really wants to know who he is, why wouldn’t he talk to this woman who obviously knows him and, unlike Lorena, isn’t trying to turn his brain into a jellyfish?

This is just a start to a series so it’s hard to review standing alone. The story seems a little scattered and it doesn’t contain any real surprises, but the art is consistently good and the premise may lead somewhere. Characterization is a bit better than average. I’m giving this 4 stars, even though it just squeaks out the fourth one, in the hope that the story takes an unexpected turn (and that the creators know where it’s going). But the 4 stars is subject to revision; if the next volume doesn't reward my faith, I might decide this one doesn't merit the fourth star.
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The blurb for this graphic novel sounded like a mash up of lots of movies I’ve enjoyed and while it’s not an especially original concept, it sounded like it would be fun. We have astronauts on a suicide mission to save Earth from an asteroid (Hi, Armageddon, etc). Somehow while saving the world one of the astronauts learns a new trick. David now has telekinesis (Hello, Carrie and Matilda).

For some reason David can’t remember much of anything at all (Hiya, Dory). There’s a villain (Hey, every action film ever!) and a wife that’s fighting to get her husband back (take your pick!). Astrid, David’s wife, is a real badass and I would’ve liked to have seen her in action some more because she had potential to wreak havoc.

Unfortunately there was so much jumping around that if I hadn’t already read the blurb I would have been completely lost and even with that information I still couldn’t really connect the dots with any consistency until around the halfway mark. There were so many time shifts, back and forth to different time periods both before and after the ‘event’. 

The main character has no idea who they are so they’re no help to the reader but they do get flashbacks, oftentimes in the middle of a fight scene. There’s a lot of action, with people fighting all over the place as David’s powers continue to grow stronger for some reason.

Had there been smoother transitions and some more information early on to help readers get into the story and get to know the characters this could have been a winner. As it stands I really struggled to make it to the point where the story was starting to make sense and I never really connected to the characters. 

While the story will be continuing I won’t be following along, which is a shame because the illustrations were really well done and the story itself had a lot of potential. There are some explanations given along the way but not enough to balance out the frustration I felt at the frenetic time shifts. 

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Lion Forge and Diamond Book Distributors for the opportunity to read this graphic novel.
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Noble follows the adventures of David Powell, an astronaut who lost his memory after "the event." while acquiring strange powers. He's presumed dead and hunted by an evil corporation.

The art remains good. I like his wife. She's an interesting character. The villain's motives are intriguing. The problem with this book is that we have four issues with a lead character who doesn't know who he is and it's hard to get a sense of who he is. Add to that the fact he has amnesia and you have the makings of a confusing story. I don't think this is bad, but it really didn't succeed in drawing me in.
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I was provided a free e-arc/DRC copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

This was the first volume in the series 'Noble' and it was a fast, action packed superhero story that focused on a POC anti-hero David Powell. Which was in my opinion it's only redeeming quality solely because I'm not a reader of superhero-ish comics and unfortunately this story was not suitable for me. However, for those who do like this kind of story you will find a lot of action, heroics and blood to fill your hearts delight.
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DNF 25%
I was not enjoying this book at all.
But, I have to admit the art is really beautiful.
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I'm usually a fan of most graphic novels, and while I like the artwork of this one, I discovered that ultimately, this one just wasn't for me. I did not end up finishing it as I could not get into the plot of the story. I'm not saying it was bad, just that it wasn't to my tastes.
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An interesting read borne of a mundane story, has the potential to really go somewhere, intrigued enough that ill be seeking out Volume 2
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'Noble Vol. 1: God Shots' written by Brandon Thomas with art by Roger Robinson, Jamal Igle and Robin Riggs seemed like a promising start to a new series, so I decided to give it a shot.

Astronaut David Powell was on a space mission when everything went wrong.  His wife thinks he died, which is what she is led to believe.  Instead, David has become something more than human.  He is also under the control of forces he can't fight.  He lives in Mexico under an assumed name, and tries to stay unknown.  With global media and his powers that may be harder than he thinks.

The story jumps around a bit and it's not always clear where in the timeline things are happening.  The art has moments where I really liked it, and moments where I was really underwhelmed.  I like the concept, and I also like this person as a hero.  I hope in future issues, the writing can be clearer and the art direction moves in a positive direction.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Lion Forge, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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Why DNF? I read the first issue and felt that it was confusing. I just did not feel engaged by the story.
Liked: Seeing a black family
Art was okay not amazing
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It is difficult to stand out in a market that has seen an explosion of titles.  The graphic novel market has really grown in the past few years and I've seen a lot of titles, authors, and publishers trying to male their way here.  I've also discovered that I tend to enjoy some of the lesser-known (to me, at least) graphic novel creators.  And so I had hopes for Noble: God Shots.

David Powell was an astronaut on a suicide mission to destroy an asteroid that was on a collision course with the earth.  Though he unexpectedly survived the mission, he came away with telekinetic powers but also amnesia. Now on Earth, Powell is trying to avoid  capture by Foresight Corporation - a company that recognizes his powers, potential, and danger.  But Powell just wants to help a few people and try to remember who he was.  When a team tries to apprehend him at the start of the book - a team with an agent rained to deal with someone with powers - David only has to call upon his telekinetic ability to  handily defeat the force in front of him.  But this only solves an immediate problem.

Meanwhile, aside from Foresight Corporation and its leader Lorena Payan, David's wife, Astrid Allen-Powell and son are getting some insider information from Foresight and trying to get David first.

The story has the potential to be a really interesting sci-fi adventure/mystery, but it doesn't quite rise above mediocre.

First, we have a little problem with the story-telling angles.  We jump around.  A lot. I'm used to reading comics and graphic novels that change view points with some regularity, but this one bounced around a little too much, so I never got really into a point of view.

Second, this clearly seems to be written with the long-running comic format in mind, rather than with eyes on a periodic graphic novel.  We get a little rise in the action, and then explanation, and then a little rise in the action, and then more explanation, and then ... and we don't get any sort of clear resolution that would make for a natural break to put together a graphic novel. Instead it would seem that an arbitrary point was selected because it filled a certain number of pages.

And while there is some interest here, it so far doesn't rise above a crowded field.  I feel like I've read this story and these characters feel a lot like so many others.

The artwork has a nice, crisp quality to it.  I am reminded of the days of the Buscemas and Romitas - days when I really appreciated the art in comics.

I had high hopes, but this didn't quite make it.

Looking for a good book? Noble, Vol. 1 is a graphic novel that has potential but manages only to be very average.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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David Powell used to be an astronaut, but he lost his memory on his last mission and now he is trying to control his new powers and find his past life. Meanwhile, Astrid, David's wife, has found out that David is alive and she is ready to rescue him.

Although it is fast-pacing and the art beautiful, the story is very confusing. At first, I had to push my myself to keep reading. It does get better, but confusing beginnings are not a good idea.

Once I understood a little better what it was happening and I found myself enjoying the story. It has an interesting plot and characters. Also, David and Astrid are black. So yeah, a black superhero and a black agent. And a latina as the villain who is not sexualized or ridiculed, she is actually a very complex and well-developed character. 

Noble also discusses immigration and capitalism, which I enjoyed so much. I mean, it's not a hopeful conversation but it's so nice to see it.

However, I'm not very happy about how latinxs are treated in general in the story, especially poor latinxs. They are killed because their lives don't matter, not to the protagonists nor to the bad bad organization. I feel hurt and tired.
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This seems to be a version of the Fantastic Four but only focusing on one of the astronauts (at least so far).  With a nefarious corporation behind sending them into space. 

This was surprisingly pretty good even with all the confusing time jumps.  I liked it well enough to read the next trade.  There was a little too much deceit from the various parties, to the point where it was difficult to tell what was truth and what was a lie.  Would have worked better had we gotten an established beginning to the story.  The art was pretty good.  I liked the original costume design with the iron rolltop helmet over the spacesuit David gets at the end.  (The one on the cover.)
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This was a great set up book for the series. There is just enough intrigue to engage the reader and keep me looking for the next trade. I also read Horizon by this author and found this title more to my liking. The pacing of plot versus action was both engaging and succinct. Would recommend this to those that enjoy graphic novels.
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The blurb on the back of the book sets things up for those, like me, who weren’t familiar with this story. Astronaut David Powell returns to earth with enhanced abilities and no memory. Now he’s on the run from The Foresight Corporation and its CEO Lorena Payan as he tries to regain those memories and find his family. At the same time his wife Astrid Allen-Powell, a former high tech agent, will use every means necessary to reunite with her husband as well.

As the book opens a group of mercenaries working for the Foresight Corporation has tracked down David and is attempting to take him down. It won’t be near as easy as they think and David retaliates. By the end of chapter one Astrid is heading out the door to track him down. 

In flashbacks throughout the rest of the books we get a glimpse of what happened to David when he returned. Appearing to be dead he came back with his enhanced powers. It provides the reason why The Foresight Corporation has in interest in him, an ability to harness his powers. By books end you’re still not quite sure who to trust or not but will have a pretty good idea.

The book is well drawn and well written, never providing all answers right away but slowly unspooling them to hold your interest and to keep you guessing. It’s a tale in a high tech level of society where you can get away with nearly anything while the rest of the world keeps turning. Heroes may fall into the regular world but just long enough to interact and save or damage those who live there. The rest of the time it’s what goes on behind the scenes that drives this story forward.

Some background stories fill out the last part of the book as well as various covers from the comics. All in all a solid story that should hold the interests of fans of comic book heroes and science fiction fans.
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A confusing and rather plain plot line that unfortunately couldn't keep my interest up the entire book. The illustrations were colorful.
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I like the art style of this graphic novel. As I've never read a Lion Forge comic before, I went in not knowing what to expect as far as storyline and characterizations went. I definitely enjoyed the way the characters are written and the way the story came together.
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