A review by krys_and_books
Livewire Volume 1: Fugitive, by Vita Ayala


Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
TW: there are scenes of torture/brutal beating, involuntary medical procedure and typical comic book violence

Livewire is an interesting character. Amanda McKee, a WOC, is a psiot who can control electricity. In an event that I feel a little lost on she caused a major blackout to protect other psiots she felt responsible for and caused mass amounts of damage and death with it. She’s been branded as a terrorist and is being hunted down and has been on the run trying to keep her head down and out of trouble.
The interesting thing about Livewire is the crossroads she finds herself at. She knows in protecting her family she did wrong but she also knows she can’t turn herself into the government to atone for her crimes that way because they are the ones that sanctioned the act of her and others like her being hunted down and killed. She wants to make up for it but she also can’t be public because what she did was so public that everyone seems to know who she is and recognize her.
I feel like I’m missing a fair bit of the story since this is only picking up after the blackout occurred and while I find the other members of Livewire’s family interesting and wanting to know more I just feel a general sort of apathy of the conversations between them because I know there is history but that history means nothing to me because I never witnessed any of it other than them meeting Livewire again after what she felt she had to do for her family and none of them really willing to be there in the same room with her. I’m definitely intrigued enough to keep reading Livewire and I’m going to look back and see if I can find the story that has the blackout and hopefully get a bit more answers to what was going on.