Absolute's First Defense Makes Superheroes of Presidential Kids

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Spinning out of the Absolute Comics digital miniseries The First Daughter comes First Defense, where Tasha Tasker, the teenaged daughter of newly elected President Brad Tasker discovers her role as a super-powered First Kid isn't perhaps as unique as she thought it was.

It turns out the gray alien, Nom, who instilled her with superpowers, has been busy for a number of years, dating all the way back to the Lincoln administration -- back when he gave superpowers to First Daughter Abby Lincoln.

What's that? There was no "Abby Lincoln?" Well that's exactly what you're supposed to believe. Because every Presidential kid given super powers had to be kept so secret, they were systematically removed from history completely.

But Tasha is the last First Daughter. Because the threat that Nom has been afraid of is finally about to come to pass. And since every super First Son and First Daughter were put into suspended animation on their 20th birthdays, Nom has an army at the ready to combat the threat -- an army Tasha has to train to work together and lead. And it turns out that there's an unstable metahuman among their number -- one that could remove Nom from his advisory role permanently before the actual threat arrives.

The pacing is a bit slow on First Defense. We're two issues in, and there's been a lot of introducing and training and talking, but there's been some nice touchpoints for setting up multiple oncoming threats. The artwork is appealing, and the young cast should make this even more attractive to new readers if the publisher can get more traction on retailer shelves.

Grade: 
3.5 / 5.0