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Primer introduces a brand-new superhero with a colorful array of superpowers to explore. Ashley Rayburn is an upbeat girl with a decidedly downbeat past. Her father is a known criminal who once used Ashley to help him elude justice, and in his attempt to escape, a life was taken. He now sits in federal prison, but still casts a shadow over Ashley's life. In the meantime, As Primer introduces a brand-new superhero with a colorful array of superpowers to explore. Ashley Rayburn is an upbeat girl with a decidedly downbeat past. Her father is a known criminal who once used Ashley to help him elude justice, and in his attempt to escape, a life was taken. He now sits in federal prison, but still casts a shadow over Ashley's life. In the meantime, Ashley has bounced from foster home to foster home and represents a real challenge to the social workers who try to help her--not because she's inherently bad, but because trouble always seems to find her. Ashley's latest set of presumably short-term foster parents are Kitch and Yuka Nolan. Like Ashley, Kitch happens to be an artist. Yuka, on the other hand, is a geneticist working for a very high-level tech company, one that's contracted out to work for the government and the military. And it's Yuka's latest top secret project that has her very concerned. Developed for the military, it's a set of body paints that, when applied to the wearer, grant them a wide range of special powers. Fearful that this invention will be misused, Yuka sneaks the set of paints home, substituting a dummy suitcase with an ordinary set of paints in their place. From here, signals get crossed. Ashley comes home from school one day with her new friend Luke and, thinking that the Nolans have purchased a surprise gift for her upcoming birthday, finds the set of paints. Being an artist, Ashley naturally assumes these are for her. It isn't long before she realizes that she's stumbled upon something much bigger and a lot more dangerous. Although she uses her newly discovered powers for good, it's not long before the military becomes wise to what happened to their secret weapon. And this spells big trouble not only for Ashley, but for her newfound family and friends as well.


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Primer introduces a brand-new superhero with a colorful array of superpowers to explore. Ashley Rayburn is an upbeat girl with a decidedly downbeat past. Her father is a known criminal who once used Ashley to help him elude justice, and in his attempt to escape, a life was taken. He now sits in federal prison, but still casts a shadow over Ashley's life. In the meantime, As Primer introduces a brand-new superhero with a colorful array of superpowers to explore. Ashley Rayburn is an upbeat girl with a decidedly downbeat past. Her father is a known criminal who once used Ashley to help him elude justice, and in his attempt to escape, a life was taken. He now sits in federal prison, but still casts a shadow over Ashley's life. In the meantime, Ashley has bounced from foster home to foster home and represents a real challenge to the social workers who try to help her--not because she's inherently bad, but because trouble always seems to find her. Ashley's latest set of presumably short-term foster parents are Kitch and Yuka Nolan. Like Ashley, Kitch happens to be an artist. Yuka, on the other hand, is a geneticist working for a very high-level tech company, one that's contracted out to work for the government and the military. And it's Yuka's latest top secret project that has her very concerned. Developed for the military, it's a set of body paints that, when applied to the wearer, grant them a wide range of special powers. Fearful that this invention will be misused, Yuka sneaks the set of paints home, substituting a dummy suitcase with an ordinary set of paints in their place. From here, signals get crossed. Ashley comes home from school one day with her new friend Luke and, thinking that the Nolans have purchased a surprise gift for her upcoming birthday, finds the set of paints. Being an artist, Ashley naturally assumes these are for her. It isn't long before she realizes that she's stumbled upon something much bigger and a lot more dangerous. Although she uses her newly discovered powers for good, it's not long before the military becomes wise to what happened to their secret weapon. And this spells big trouble not only for Ashley, but for her newfound family and friends as well.

30 review for Primer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cadence

    "I really liked it. Ashley likes art like me. Her jail dad is scary. I want to read another book about Primer." -Cadee, age 7

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    This new series from DC Comics ticks all the boxes. Sassy, confident heroine - check. Supportive sidekick -- check. Interesting set of superpowers -- doublecheck. A secure home base -- check. Somewhat dark back story -- check. The presentation does due justice to the narrative. There were chunks of panels in my DRC that were not yet inked in, but less than half. I am intrigued by this new superhero and the use of body paint (only three at a time) which give Primer thousands of different combinat This new series from DC Comics ticks all the boxes. Sassy, confident heroine - check. Supportive sidekick -- check. Interesting set of superpowers -- doublecheck. A secure home base -- check. Somewhat dark back story -- check. The presentation does due justice to the narrative. There were chunks of panels in my DRC that were not yet inked in, but less than half. I am intrigued by this new superhero and the use of body paint (only three at a time) which give Primer thousands of different combinations for fighting evil. Then there is her incarcerated father lurking in the background. Dun, dun, dun. Looking forward to the next installment! Thank you to DC Comics and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ janet ˊˎ˗

    “Aw dont worry pal. Maybe someday you’ll grow up to be as big and strong as a girl too!” Exactly Ashley! This was a great read and not only was it great fun but it was also super colorful and cute! Lots of girl power here

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    This new DC Comics Kids graphic novel is a masterpiece!! I just adore Primer- she’s a rad artist superhero that so many kids will connect with!! The illustrations are stunning and I can’t wait to add it to my classroom library!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from DC Entertainment - DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was smiling from ear to ear from reading this book that I could not stop reading. The concept was genius and the plot was so intoxicatingly exciting that a lot of our young readers will be looking to read this book. Ashley is struggling to fit in with her new family and new life but remain upbeat during the process. One day sh This book was received as an ARC from DC Entertainment - DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was smiling from ear to ear from reading this book that I could not stop reading. The concept was genius and the plot was so intoxicatingly exciting that a lot of our young readers will be looking to read this book. Ashley is struggling to fit in with her new family and new life but remain upbeat during the process. One day she comes home from school knowing that her mother Yuka works for a top secret agency and her latest project is a set of body paints for the military that when applied, the person will be granted special powers. Yuka fears that these paints will be misused so she sneaks them home and replaces them with regular paint at the lab. Ashley finds these paints and chaos erupts. Now Ashley has become public enemy number one and her new parents and friends is in jeopardy. Now with these new powers and the military finding out there secret weapon has been compromised, Ashley must do whatever it takes to save her family and friends. This was such a creative spark to the DC Universe. I know our readers will love this book and will be talking about it. We will consider adding this title to our JGraphic Novel collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Artemis

    'Primer' is a drop-dead gorgeous original DC graphic novel for kids. Seriously, the artwork is some of the best I've ever seen in any comic, and the characters are fully realised. It is dynamic, dramatic, hilarious, touching, and it contains explosive paint superhero action. Seriously. Ashley Rayburn is a twelve-to-thirteen-year-old foster kid with an upbeat and energetic personality big enough to burst through the pages. There is nothing small about this literally colourful girl. Her criminal fat 'Primer' is a drop-dead gorgeous original DC graphic novel for kids. Seriously, the artwork is some of the best I've ever seen in any comic, and the characters are fully realised. It is dynamic, dramatic, hilarious, touching, and it contains explosive paint superhero action. Seriously. Ashley Rayburn is a twelve-to-thirteen-year-old foster kid with an upbeat and energetic personality big enough to burst through the pages. There is nothing small about this literally colourful girl. Her criminal father is in prison, and she tries not to let the child abuse of her past get to her (she has nightmares about her dad); though her father still thinks that he owns her, and that she's in his thrall. Ashley is a creative and girl power-loving street artist with a "bad streak", "like her father". She's a savvy and marvellously funny optimist with nonetheless deep insecurities. She has been in and out of foster homes for two years, until she is adopted by a young couple: Kitch Nolan, a community college professor and artist who is every bit a hipster, and Yuka Nolan, a shy Asian scientist with a dark secret. She's sweet (and also a huge football fan), but she worries a lot, and due to a misunderstanding Ashley thinks Yuka may not want her after all. A switcheroo with a government military project - Project Warpaint - and sneaking around in the foster parents' room later, and Ashley receives superpowers. You know the classic superhero origin tale. Ashley dabs tubes of "paint"(superhero DNA residue), which are colour coordinated, on her skin, and they each give her a different power. There are thirty three paints in total. For longer lasting effects and simplicity, she uses three paint colours/powers on each crime busting escapade she goes on. For you better believe she immediately aspires to be a superhero. Colourful in every way, and armed with spray cans and super paint applied to the skin, Ashley Rayburn is certainly not "just a little girl". Just don't turn on the sprinklers when she's in the room. I don't want to spoil much of the plot, though it is basic, but still entertaining. In addition to the foster parents in her family group, Ashley has a POC male best friend, Luke the hairstylist and wig maker, who she instantly clicks with at her new school. The main villain is a military guy who's a violent thug, you know the type, and the drill (heh), and he is effectively intimidating. 'Primer' comes close to being great - it could have been a five star win - except for a few things. First, while I understand Ashley's feelings and insecurities from being a trouble-to-the-state foster child for years, I still think that her rejection of the Nolans (Yuka, specifically) near the end of the comic, born out of a barely-developed misunderstanding which led to her thinking they don't love her, is sudden and very contrived. They just threw her a birthday party and gave her VIP seasonal football tickets! Of course they care about her! Even a selfish and moody teen could see that! What real reason does Ashley have to think that the Nolans don't want her, and don't care for her? There isn't one. They're awesome people, who worry about her, and who never did anything wrong concerning her. I know that, for all her pizzazz, she's still a traumatised kid with trust issues, but this could have been written better. Second, Ashley's talent as a street artist, and an artist in general, never really goes anywhere. Apart from the one superheroine painting on the street, she never does anything creative, like in Kitch's studio garage. The paints she uses on herself as the hero Primer were disposed to her by accident - they existed on the onset. She practically stole Project Warpaint and it is now her secret - it doesn't count as her personal project, because she didn't create it herself. Ashley doesn't really use her various powers imaginatively, except for how she paints her body; even in the crime fighting department she's lax in artistry. At least she's inspired, albeit in only one panel, by said superheroine painting before her climactic battle with the bad guy, and she changes her hair now and then. She's also the one who comes up with the name Primer. And third, and I feel that this is eminently important, the comic doesn't make the military accountable for their actions; for their part in creating Project Warpaint, specifically for the purpose of warfare. They were going to use the paints to make super soldiers, and kill their enemies (whoever they may be) and other countless people. In another story, and in another organisation not called the government or the military, they would be the villains. They would be the corrupt system that the hero has to take down. They would be Marvel's Hydra. But no: only one "bad apple" turns out to be doubly evil - a soldier who "goes rogue" and is a "liability" who kills scientists, and he wants to use the paints for himself to become the "ultimate soldier". Only he is taken out, and the rest of the military is scot-free. They thank the hero for saving them from the mess they themselves created, and they even become partners with the hero - "taking it from here" - and make her a new superhero suit. Nothing is learned! One person takes an already evil plan too far in the extreme, and once he's out of the picture (no doubt "taken care of" in that sense by the military), that's the problem solved forever! No realisations, no redemption, no concerns, no "Why should we trust you? You did this! This is all your fault! How do we know you won't do something like it again?" - everything is all hunky-dory in a rushed ending. I wouldn't say 'Primer' glorifies the military, but it doesn't criticize it either. Let's be friends with the unrepentant warmongers and murderers! But for all that, 'Primer' is hard not to adore. It is hugely entertaining. It succeeds in colour, humour, action and drama. I love this new young superheroine by DC. I just wish that the three issues I've raised had been fixed. Final Score: 3.5/5

  7. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I received an ARC through NetGalley from DC Comics. Primer is a cute middle grade superhero graphic novel. The back cover of the ARC lists the main character as 16, but the text describes her as 12 going on 13 and I hope that’s true because this reads young and is perfect for the 10-14 age level. Ashley is in foster care and a new couple has taken her in. Kitch is the cool, artistic dad and Yuka is a scientist who makes the mistake of bringing some super hero abilities home from work. Soon Ashle I received an ARC through NetGalley from DC Comics. Primer is a cute middle grade superhero graphic novel. The back cover of the ARC lists the main character as 16, but the text describes her as 12 going on 13 and I hope that’s true because this reads young and is perfect for the 10-14 age level. Ashley is in foster care and a new couple has taken her in. Kitch is the cool, artistic dad and Yuka is a scientist who makes the mistake of bringing some super hero abilities home from work. Soon Ashley becomes Primer and the military wants their superhero abilities back and they are out for blood. The art in this is fantastic and the story flows really well with fun characterizations. I found the story too sweet and easy for a story about a foster kid on her 5th family, but it’s good for a tween audience. A perfect intro to superheroes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    5 stars for the artwork - really nice stuff - and close to 4 for the overall superhero concept. But only 3 for the story, especially the origin part, in that she basically gets her powers by being a sneaky jerk and betraying the trust of the only people that really care for her. Even for a 13-year-old, not cool. (Like Scottie Young's excellent if really warped series I Hate Fairyland, this was recommended by my son, who works at Barnes & Noble) 5 stars for the artwork - really nice stuff - and close to 4 for the overall superhero concept. But only 3 for the story, especially the origin part, in that she basically gets her powers by being a sneaky jerk and betraying the trust of the only people that really care for her. Even for a 13-year-old, not cool. (Like Scottie Young's excellent if really warped series I Hate Fairyland, this was recommended by my son, who works at Barnes & Noble)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a fun story, and kept me interested all the way through. Ashley is in foster care, and has been brought into just one more foster family, but they seem to click, and then she finds some cool paints, that turn out to be more than paints, and she gains superpowers from them. But, in the back of my mind, I think this diminishes how foster care really works. That it would be so easy to fit into this new family, and that Ashley would not have more problems. But, if you just read it on the surfa This is a fun story, and kept me interested all the way through. Ashley is in foster care, and has been brought into just one more foster family, but they seem to click, and then she finds some cool paints, that turn out to be more than paints, and she gains superpowers from them. But, in the back of my mind, I think this diminishes how foster care really works. That it would be so easy to fit into this new family, and that Ashley would not have more problems. But, if you just read it on the surface, it is fun, so don't try to think too hard about this. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Primer by Jennifer Muro and Thomas Krajewski, 136 pages, GRAPHIC NOVEL, DC Comics, 2020, $10. 978-1401296575 Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content PG; Violence: PG BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS – ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Sixteen-year old Ashley Rayburn has been in and out of foster care since her dad is in prison. She seems to have struck gold with the Nolans, especially Mr. Nolan who shares her love of art. Things get interesting when Mrs. Nolan, a scientist, tries to protect the top-secret weapo Primer by Jennifer Muro and Thomas Krajewski, 136 pages, GRAPHIC NOVEL, DC Comics, 2020, $10. 978-1401296575 Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content PG; Violence: PG BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS – ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Sixteen-year old Ashley Rayburn has been in and out of foster care since her dad is in prison. She seems to have struck gold with the Nolans, especially Mr. Nolan who shares her love of art. Things get interesting when Mrs. Nolan, a scientist, tries to protect the top-secret weapons she has been working on by bringing them home. The weapons look like paint tubes. Ashley, thinking that the paints must be for her birthday, begins to experiment with them, and becomes the newest super hero, Primer. She is not the only one with an interest in the paints though and soon she has to decide what family really means. Ashley makes an interesting character. She comes with some angst from her many foster homes and her controlling dad, who is set to cause her grief in a sequel. The art is colorful and well drawn. Ashley could become the new Peter Parker for girls. Michelle in the Middle https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia

    *Received this title from Netgalley and DC comics in exchange for a review* I absolutely loved this book. The concept and the art work blended to create an interesting and inspiring world. The characters felt genuine like friends you wanted to have, parents you wanted to keep, and enemies you wanted to beat the snot out of. Ashley was a great lead! She walked that line of being a rebel and a good girl with a strong moral compass. I can totally see her hanging out with the Teen Titans!!! Great rea *Received this title from Netgalley and DC comics in exchange for a review* I absolutely loved this book. The concept and the art work blended to create an interesting and inspiring world. The characters felt genuine like friends you wanted to have, parents you wanted to keep, and enemies you wanted to beat the snot out of. Ashley was a great lead! She walked that line of being a rebel and a good girl with a strong moral compass. I can totally see her hanging out with the Teen Titans!!! Great read for really all ages.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Ann

    Primer is both a new superhero making her debut and a really fun book. Like other reviewers, I wished for more world building and background on what superheroes were in Primer's world (like, are superheroes a thing? Is she the only one around?). Still, Ashley is a lot of fun and it's a great start to a new tween series. The use of color as such as one of the main points of the story is so vivid. The cliffhanger will certainly have readers wanting more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Carr

    ARC | expected publication June 2020 Yes! I love everything about Ashley/Primer! Creative, funny, broken back story, smart, overcomer. Gah! I literally sighed on the last page, as the story eludes to a continuation. I couldn't be happier, because I'm officially a Primer fangirl!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was a really fun kids' graphic novel with an interesting young hero. I'm reviewing an ARC that is not colored or inked in some parts. I was impressed with the bright colors, which was integral tot he plot. The characters are likeable and engaging. They are setting it up for more books with this character. I enjoyed the charactre design and the dialogue.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily (Obsessed Reader)

    This was so fun, from the uniqueness of the story to the colorful artwork. I found myself wishing that the comic was much longer. I would love to get to know the characters more in future installments. Not to mention I always loves a parade heroine, and Primer delivered on that front. If you’re looking for a fun superhero comic with a totally fresh take, check this out!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Selina Lybrook

    It was a really cool book it is one of my favorite in the DC ink book series. Hope you like it if you read it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This story of a foster girl turned superhero was sweet and is a definite mirror book for my 7th-8th grade students. There is superhero violence and emotional (parental) abuse, so I wouldn't recommend this to students under 6th grade. I received a free copy from Netgalley, but I'll be purchasing a hardcopy to go in my classroom.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kazia

    This is hovering between a 3 and a 4 for me because it was definitely enjoyable but some of the characters and frankly the worldbuilding felt a bit underdeveloped?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charlemagne

    I adored the first half of this book. Primer really takes time to establish all of its characters before introducing the superhero element, and it works! Ashley is a fun and energetic protagonist who is flawed, but likable enough for you to always be in her corner. Ironically, the action-adventure elements of this book are by far its weakest points. So much time has been spent on slice-of-life development that once things really get rolling there's very little time left for all the pieces to fall I adored the first half of this book. Primer really takes time to establish all of its characters before introducing the superhero element, and it works! Ashley is a fun and energetic protagonist who is flawed, but likable enough for you to always be in her corner. Ironically, the action-adventure elements of this book are by far its weakest points. So much time has been spent on slice-of-life development that once things really get rolling there's very little time left for all the pieces to fall together naturally. Kids will be unbothered, but as an adult I felt like I was reading two very different books at once. Also - are superheroes in this universe? Much of the book is written as if it takes place in our world and Primer's powers are unique. In fact, we don't hear ANYTHING about superheroes existing at all until they're brought up in a casual conversation explaining how the paints are made - almost halfway through the book. Until that point I had been convinced that Primer was the only one. Establishing such an important part of your universe should come very early in the story, even in a children's comic. Big thanks for the ARC, which I picked up at ALA Midwinter!

  20. 4 out of 5

    mad

    Where street art meets superheroing! (Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Content warning for child abuse.) Twelve-year-old Ashley has had a pretty crappy life. Thrown into the foster system after her abusive, career criminal father was finally caught, she's been shuffled through five foster families in two years. So you can understand her skepticism when she's introduced to newbie foster parents Kitch and Yuka Nolan. They quickly hit it off, though: Ashley and Y Where street art meets superheroing! (Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Content warning for child abuse.) Twelve-year-old Ashley has had a pretty crappy life. Thrown into the foster system after her abusive, career criminal father was finally caught, she's been shuffled through five foster families in two years. So you can understand her skepticism when she's introduced to newbie foster parents Kitch and Yuka Nolan. They quickly hit it off, though: Ashley and Yuka share a love of football (go Knights!), and Kitch is an art teacher at a community college, which dovetails nicely with Ashley's penchant for illicit nighttime street art. Before you can say Bansky, Ashley has a second family, a new friend (Luke, a classmate at Angelou Middle School - nice! - who's seriously into wigs), and a mentor who loves art as much as she does. But things quickly go sideways when Yuka brings her work home ... literally and covertly. A geneticist at Zecromax Labs who holds multiple degrees (again, nice!), Yuka was involved in the development of body paint that interacts with human DNA to grant its wearer superpowers. Part of a top secret government program called Project Warpaint, Yuka's having a crisis of conscience over how the army will (mis-)use this technology - so she deletes the research and steals the paints, replacing them with fakes. Being a nosy almost-teenager, Ashley quickly discovers Yuka's secret cache - and transforms into the superhero Primer (with a little costuming help from Luke). But the army is keen to get its weapon back, and Yuka and Ashley's good intentions have put them in the crosshairs of a rogue agent called Strack. It's up to Primer to protect her found family - but is this so-called "bad seed" up to the task? (Spoiler alert: Yes. Yes, she is. She is also adorable and sweet and almost makes me want to have kids of my own. Okay not really but you get my gist.) Primer is a superhero story with heart and gumption and every gorram color in the rainbow. The storyline is maybe a little predictable, but delightful as heck. I love Ashley and Kitch and Yuka and Luke, and their relationships with one another. The art - vibrant, arresting, and bursting with color - is really what takes Primer to the next level. Like, it's jaw-dropping. Ashley, short and squat and oh-so-sure of herself, is crazy adorable, and her found family is pretty captivating too. So many of Muro and Krajewski's choices are inspired, from the limitless superhero combinations granted by the paints, right down to Luke's passion and the namesake of his middle school. So much love all around. I really hope this is the beginning of a new series at DC; I'm gonna be disappointed if we don't get to see more of Ashley and her posse. That said, don't listen to Kitch, vegan lasagna is heckin' delicious, okay. http://www.easyvegan.info/2020/06/23/...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Happy Tuesday! (Also called new book day)!  I have been keeping busy reading and playing tons and tons of animal crossing (I recently got super into terrforming and now my island is not only a hot mess but I have a million ideas that all take hours)! I am also slowly getting back into watching some television shows (I kind of stopped watching stuff for a little bit there) but I am currently enjoying season two of Good Girls and really excited to pick up season two of the Politician. Something els Happy Tuesday! (Also called new book day)!  I have been keeping busy reading and playing tons and tons of animal crossing (I recently got super into terrforming and now my island is not only a hot mess but I have a million ideas that all take hours)! I am also slowly getting back into watching some television shows (I kind of stopped watching stuff for a little bit there) but I am currently enjoying season two of Good Girls and really excited to pick up season two of the Politician. Something else I have been loving lately is DC comics, I started reading these a little while back (I can not remember my first one but I think it was Batgirl, which I thoroughly enjoyed)! These are graphic novels I can read through in a sitting and I love grabbing a cup of hot chocolate or hot tea and reading one or two of these! Today's read is DC's latest comic, called Primer (and this one is definitely one of my top two favorites I have read of theirs so far). SPOILERS AHEAD Ashley is going through a rough time in her life. She is living in a group home and interviewing with families to try to be adopted while her notorious crime father is in prison. One day a couple comes to the group home to meet her for an interview to possibly foster/adopt her. Ashley is hesitant as always however, the meeting goes great and she hits it off with them! Ashley is soon moving in with them and things are going okay until she overhears the wife saying something that sounds like she regrets having Ashley move in. One day Ashley is left home alone and is able to explore the home, she comes upon a brief case and opens it up to find tons of paints. She begins to mess with the paints (thinking they might be a birthday gift for her) and soon realizes these are much more than just paint. Each paint gives you a super power! Now Ashley can be an amazing superhero and change up the powers she has anytime, but where did these paints come from? And what about that comment that Ashley overheard? This is one of my favorite DC comics, maybe ever (I am still on my DC comics reading journey). I loved Ashley and her new family so much! They all have these individual personalities that mess so well and I loved seeing this family come together (my favorite character might be the husband but its hard to pick). Additionally, I loved the paints, I thought this was a cool mechanic and I loved all the combinations she could make (the list of what all the paints do in the graphic novel was also super cool as well). The artwork in this graphic novel definitely made it come alive and I found myself staring at a lot of the pages/panels and looking over them again and again. They were bright and brilliant! I would love to see more graphic novels with Primer in the very near future! Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Bad guys beware, the world's newest superhero is also the world's most colorful! Nearly 13, Ashley has been in foster care since her father was arrested and put in prison, and she has been labeled trouble ever since. Still, even from behind bars he finds ways to control Ashley and her happiness, and her recurring nightmares of the night of his crime haunt her. A talented artist and football fan, Ashley is initally ske I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Bad guys beware, the world's newest superhero is also the world's most colorful! Nearly 13, Ashley has been in foster care since her father was arrested and put in prison, and she has been labeled trouble ever since. Still, even from behind bars he finds ways to control Ashley and her happiness, and her recurring nightmares of the night of his crime haunt her. A talented artist and football fan, Ashley is initally skeptical of the newest set of fosters who show an interest in her, artist Kitch and scientist Yuka, but she decides to take a chance on them. Add in a new best friend, Luke, and Ashley is finally starting to feel like she might have found her place. When Ashley and Luke find a suitcase full of strange body paints, Ashley is certain that they are a gift for her upcoming birthday and tries one out. And that's where things start to get interesting because these paints aren't ordinary paints: they grant the wearer superpowers! Now, with the paints and wigs--courtesy of aspiring hairdresser Luke--Ashley takes up the mantle of Primer, a superhero whose powers are ever changing based on what colors she wears on her skin. However, it's not all fun and games; turns out that Yuka smuggled the paints home from her workplace, having initially created them as a weapon and now hiding them from the military, having deemed them too dangerous. Except now the military knows they've been duped, and will do anything to get their hands on the paints--and this girl calling herself Primer. Ashley finds herself on the verge of losing everything that has made her the happiest in a very long time. Can she save the day? Ashley is a fantastically charming and witty protagonist (and, this may be the recent Disney+ binge watching talking, she gives off strong Gosalyn Mallard vibes), and the supporting characters of Kitch, Yuka and Luke are incredibly fleshed out and realistic. The art is fantastic, and I can't wait to see a completely colored version of this well-plotted story, as well as see where Ashley/Primer's journey takes her in future sequels!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Art by Gretel Lusky Ashley is a foster kid who has bounced around houses because she hasn't quite found the family for her, and it could also be because she likes to sneak out in the middle of the night to create graffiti art masterpieces. Then, she meets Yuka and Kitch Nolan, a couple who might just be the perfect fit for Ashley. Yuka is a research scientist who is also a huge football fan, like Ashley, and Kitch is an artist who wants to inspire Ashley to express herself in legal ways. One day, Art by Gretel Lusky Ashley is a foster kid who has bounced around houses because she hasn't quite found the family for her, and it could also be because she likes to sneak out in the middle of the night to create graffiti art masterpieces. Then, she meets Yuka and Kitch Nolan, a couple who might just be the perfect fit for Ashley. Yuka is a research scientist who is also a huge football fan, like Ashley, and Kitch is an artist who wants to inspire Ashley to express herself in legal ways. One day, Ashley finds the products of Yuka's experiments - body paints that imbue the wearer with super powers! Of course she has to experiment with them and see what wonderful combinations she can make! But the military want their investment back, and they send a ruthless soldier after the paints. Ashley is put to the test, emotionally and superhero-ly. Ashley is a great lead character, and I sincerely wish all foster children would find a family as perfect for them as the Nolans are for Ashley. Ashley's experimentation with the body paints is fascinating, and there are so many combinations to try that no action sequence is ever the same. This story has a ton of funny moments, especially with the banter between Kitch and Ashley because they have nearly the same humor style. The use of color is beautiful throughout the book, and not just when the art from Ashley is involved (although her graffiti works are dazzling!). DC rates this as a "graphic novel for kids". The back cover description says Ashley is 16, but within the story, she is in middle school. While this isn't part of the DC Zoom line, it probably should be, because this is a perfect middle grade story. There is some violence during the fight scenes, and there is implied murder, but no blood is show, and characters are more or less incapacitated instead of show bloody or bruised. Overall, this is a really enjoyable read that will have great readership amongst readers looking for a strong, female super hero Sara's Rating: 10/10 Suitability Level: Grades 3-8 Read more graphic novel reviews at www.graphiclibrary.org.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Primer is such a great and colorful introduction to a new superhero. She is energetic, independent, and full of love. While she clearly had a troubled past, she is graciously adopted by people who can understand her. This novel shows the transformation of Ashley as she goes from foster kid to hero within a matter of pages. This is such a great transitional book for aspiring artists and comic lovers. This novel is directed for kids, yet even as a 26-year-old reader, I still would love to go bust ou Primer is such a great and colorful introduction to a new superhero. She is energetic, independent, and full of love. While she clearly had a troubled past, she is graciously adopted by people who can understand her. This novel shows the transformation of Ashley as she goes from foster kid to hero within a matter of pages. This is such a great transitional book for aspiring artists and comic lovers. This novel is directed for kids, yet even as a 26-year-old reader, I still would love to go bust out my paints and get creative. This book was so well written and put together it is sure to keep you entertained. The art throughout the whole novel is absolutely breathtaking and so appealing. Ashley’s big eyes and sense of wonder is clearly expressed on every page. You all should definitely keep an eye out for her on the DC Superhero Girls, because she is one to be remembered. I’ve read a bunch of DC novels for kids, teenagers, and adults. Yet, this one will stay with me for a while. Primer is one of those novels that needs to be on the screen. Her story, her vibrancy, and her creativeness is the type of character girls can look up to. I really loved this novel and I can’t wait to see Primer more in the future. I would like to thank DC Comics for sending me a copy to review for my honest opinion. It has always been an honor to do this, and Primer is a staple in my reviewing history with DC. I say that because while this book is marketed for kids, I as a 26-year-old woman, would be dressed as Primer in cosplay at and Con I get to go to. So, thank you DC for always creating and exploring new heroes for kids to look up to! Until Next Time, Happy Reading, Brittany From DauntlesslyReading

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    Primer is an incredible OGN starring a young middle school girl named Ashley. She's constantly going in and out of the foster system while her father is locked away in prison when she's finally adopted by two loving foster parents who want to encourage her free spirit and love of art. Ashley stumbles upon her scientist foster mother's superpower-giving-body paints, Ashley becomes a superhero of her very own! It's really such a wonderful and colourful book. Every page is exploding with vibrant col Primer is an incredible OGN starring a young middle school girl named Ashley. She's constantly going in and out of the foster system while her father is locked away in prison when she's finally adopted by two loving foster parents who want to encourage her free spirit and love of art. Ashley stumbles upon her scientist foster mother's superpower-giving-body paints, Ashley becomes a superhero of her very own! It's really such a wonderful and colourful book. Every page is exploding with vibrant colours and dynamic characters. If you pick up a book about paint that gives you superpowers, you expect the paint to look cool and feel like a big part of the story- on that point, it definitely delivers. Primer embraces the big explosion of fun you expect from animated cartoons, but packed into one cohesive comic book. The story itself manages to be heartwarming and even devastating at times, showing Ashley's insecurities and need to act out. If there are any downsides to Primer, it's that some of the jokes caused me to cringe. They felt like what adults try to say to be hip with the kids, with references to "L.O.L." and selfies. At times they were knowingly silly, like the foster father showing how dorky and laid-back he is. And, as a 26-year-old, I don't think I'm in any place to judge how "dated" or "accurate" the kids lingo is. It's definitely not a big detractor from how much I enjoyed the story overall, and with the creative team leaving room open for a sequel I'm eagerly anticipating what comes next in Ashley's story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Randi

    Thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics for sending me an advanced copy of Primer, so that I could share my review with you! Ashley Rayburn has had a rough go at life so far, but she’s not planning on letting that get her down. After her father is sent to prison, she is left bouncing from foster home to foster home, never finding a place where she truly fits. She never goes looking for trouble, it just seems to find her wherever she goes, which has cost her more than a few potential homes. Her lates Thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics for sending me an advanced copy of Primer, so that I could share my review with you! Ashley Rayburn has had a rough go at life so far, but she’s not planning on letting that get her down. After her father is sent to prison, she is left bouncing from foster home to foster home, never finding a place where she truly fits. She never goes looking for trouble, it just seems to find her wherever she goes, which has cost her more than a few potential homes. Her latest set of foster parents, Kitch and Yuca Nolan, seem to be willing to put in the effort to really get to know her, and Ashley hopes she might just have a chance to find a new family. Kitch’s talent for art immediately connects with Ashley, though she struggles to relate to Yuca, and her top-secret science work. When she stumbles upon a set of cutting edge body paints, engineered by Yuca to give the wearer superpowers, Ashley can hardly contain her excitement! But when it comes to superpowers, you rarely get what you’re expecting and unforeseen dangers wait at every turn! You can get your copy of Primer on June 23rd from DC Comics! Given that Primer is a new addition to the DC Comics universe, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book, but I was absolutely delighted by what I read! Ashley is an extremely likable character, whose superpowers are both original and fun! Jennifer Muro and Thomas Krajewski absolutely charmed me with Ashley’s spunk and style! This book simply wouldn’t have been as fantastic without the gorgeous and colorful illustrations of Gretel Lusky. The story revolves around color and art, meshing together in a way only the very best graphic novels can accomplish! My Recommendation- This book would be a perfect fit for readers of any age, especially those who love triumphant stories full of exuberance! Regardless of whether or not you typically read superhero stories, Primer is certain to capture your imagination

  27. 4 out of 5

    M.L. Little

    @kidlitexchange Partner: Primer-a Superhero Graphic Novel by @officialjennifermuro, @krajewski_tom, and @gretlusky. Releases 6-23-20 through @dccomics. ————-. I honestly never read comic books as a kid so I’m using Kid Lit Exchange to catch up. Also I would have taken a nicer picture, but #Quarantine. Primer is a COLORFUL new superhero who originated as Ashley, a quirky teenager in foster care. Yes, she’s a troubled teen in the system but somehow she manages to not be cliche. Also she has awesome @kidlitexchange Partner: Primer-a Superhero Graphic Novel by @officialjennifermuro, @krajewski_tom, and @gretlusky. Releases 6-23-20 through @dccomics. ————-. I honestly never read comic books as a kid so I’m using Kid Lit Exchange to catch up. Also I would have taken a nicer picture, but #Quarantine. Primer is a COLORFUL new superhero who originated as Ashley, a quirky teenager in foster care. Yes, she’s a troubled teen in the system but somehow she manages to not be cliche. Also she has awesome hair. Her artist foster dad is AMAZING but her scientist foster mom seems to be hiding something...and when Ashely snoops around in her lab work, she ends up with superpowers. Coupled with the desire to NOT become like her father, who is a criminal, Ashley abandons spray-painting graffiti for stopping crime in the night. This was kind of cheesy in a superhero comic book way but honestly, I haven’t left the six-mile radius surrounding my house in 21 days and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I REALLY like the artwork and how it explodes with color. Primer releases June 23 and with any amount of luck, you might actually be able to go to a store and get it. Thank you @kidlitexchange for a review copy—all opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    michelle

    * Thank you to NetGalley and DC Entertainment for a digital review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. What an awesome start to a new superhero series! What first grabbed me was simply the colors on the cover. I guess I'm a pushover for rainbows. But I also loved how strong the girl looked and I wasn't disappointed. Ashley is a 13 year old kid who has had a rough life. Her father is in prison and she has been bounced around from foster home to foster home. She has a bit of an attitude and * Thank you to NetGalley and DC Entertainment for a digital review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. What an awesome start to a new superhero series! What first grabbed me was simply the colors on the cover. I guess I'm a pushover for rainbows. But I also loved how strong the girl looked and I wasn't disappointed. Ashley is a 13 year old kid who has had a rough life. Her father is in prison and she has been bounced around from foster home to foster home. She has a bit of an attitude and needs people around her that can keep up with her. Fortunately, a very cool couple takes her in. I love the father, Kitch, who takes all of Ashley's shenanigans and jokes right back with her. He is obviously smart enough to take her on, which is a lot of what she was looking for. Turns out that foster mom Yuka is a scientist working on a project that she is not so sure of. When Ashley accidentally finds her project and thinks it is a birthday present, she gives herself temporary super powers based on the color of the body paints she puts on herself. Of course, someone else wants those paints and it is a question of good vs evil. A great addition to the superhero world leaving one of my daughters clamoring for more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chessa

    This took me by surprise and I loved it! The art is so beautiful - the colors are gorgeous (and thank you to the book gods that DC was smart enough to include as much color work as possible in this galley - it would have been such an inferior experience if this was so unfinished that it totally lacked color. I’ve had galleys like that before, and I just don’t even know why publishers put them out!) Anyway, this wasn’t totally final art work, it switched back and forth from b/w to color, but the This took me by surprise and I loved it! The art is so beautiful - the colors are gorgeous (and thank you to the book gods that DC was smart enough to include as much color work as possible in this galley - it would have been such an inferior experience if this was so unfinished that it totally lacked color. I’ve had galleys like that before, and I just don’t even know why publishers put them out!) Anyway, this wasn’t totally final art work, it switched back and forth from b/w to color, but the color really allowed you to see that the final product will be lush and gorgeous. The story isn’t super new, but that’s ok - this is a middle grade superhero origin story, and it’s ok to be trope-tastic I think! Ashley is a kick in the pants, smart and resilient, and I’m glad she got a buddy pretty early on. Her foster parents are fabulous, and the Big Bad in this story arc definitely deserved to have his ass kicked. I’m definitely going to be recommending that my library purchase this one for our graphic novel collection! A fun ride, all the way. Thank you to DC and Edelweiss for providing a copy of this to read in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Ashley has bounced from foster home to foster home, after her villainous father was put behind bars. When she lands with new foster parents, everyone hopes that this could be a permanent solution. Ashley's foster father is super cool and fun, but it seems like her foster mother doesn't like or want her. Ashley is a a great artist and quickly befriends a fashion designer at her new school. When the two break into Ashle I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Ashley has bounced from foster home to foster home, after her villainous father was put behind bars. When she lands with new foster parents, everyone hopes that this could be a permanent solution. Ashley's foster father is super cool and fun, but it seems like her foster mother doesn't like or want her. Ashley is a a great artist and quickly befriends a fashion designer at her new school. When the two break into Ashley's foster parents' safe, they find a batch of body paints. Both believe that this is a present for her, so Ashley tries them out. Each color of these paints give Ashley a new power when she wears them. Ashley explores these new powers, but must fight against the villain that is determined to take them back. I loved this graphic novel! The colors, the art, and the story are all fascinating. I can't wait to see readers cosplaying as Primer. Primer has a strong background and characters that I have quickly fell in love with. I can't wait for the next one. It will be a perfect superhero bridge for Raina Telgemeier fans.

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