Thief (Icarus Helix #4) is probably my favourite episode of J.E. Medrick's amazing super-hero series.
The star of this episode is Mason, a fifteen year old mute who has so far lived a difficult life. His father is a cop killer, in prison since his birth. He and his mother are near destitute since all the expensive (and ultimately fruitless) operations performed on Mason as a baby to try and save his voice.
Mason's one friend in the world is Jayden, an intelligent and beautiful girl who is deaf.
Mason and Jayden are beautifully written and make one of the sweetest couples in the pages of a book that I've ever read. You want to cheer for them to overcome their circumstances and get together.
But that might be harder said than done. With Mason's mother sinking under the strain of overwhelming debt, he feels tremendous pressure to do something about it, even if that means forming a partnership with one of Waredo's criminal kingpins.
At the same time Mason is dealing with something extraordinary that is happening to him, something he must learn to control if he's going to help his mother.
Careful readers won't fail to miss hints about what is going on with Jayden, and her involvement in events touched upon but yet to be fully explored in the series to date.
In summary, a terrific episode with some of Medrick's best writing to date. I've been beating this drum since the beginning, get this series! If you dig the X-Men or shows like Heroes and No Ordinary Family then this is just the series for you.
Today also marks the release of Thug (Icarus Helix #5). Check it out!