Primer
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.

Primer Details

TitlePrimer
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2020
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401296575
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Comics, Superheroes

Primer Review

  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    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 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!
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  • M.L. Little
    January 1, 1970
    @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 Im 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, shes a troubled teen in the system but somehow she manages to not be cliche. Also she has awesome hair. @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.
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  • Charlemagne
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Sarah Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, so I love love love the idea of this--paint that turns you into a superhero! It's a new one for sure. And I'm here for diverse ways of making a family and for girls and boys being friends without even a hint of romance or sexual tension (and bonus: the boy is brown! Just because!). But as far as plot and logic and pacing go, it kind of went off the rails. Why does (view spoiler)[foster mom go from being excited to not being an attentive parent to being super nice to...? I can't even keep Okay, so I love love love the idea of this--paint that turns you into a superhero! It's a new one for sure. And I'm here for diverse ways of making a family and for girls and boys being friends without even a hint of romance or sexual tension (and bonus: the boy is brown! Just because!). But as far as plot and logic and pacing go, it kind of went off the rails. Why does (view spoiler)[foster mom go from being excited to not being an attentive parent to being super nice to...? I can't even keep track of how her character changed, because it was such flip floppy it gave me whiplash. (hide spoiler)] I felt like I was reading something that had pages missing, and I really think it needed one more round of edits before ARCs went to print. The art, though, is really fun, and I think the fact that my galley went from full color to black and white to full color etc was deliberate and how the final will be? Occasionally those choices also lacked logic, but in other places it was a really effective device, so I hope that's real.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I read this as an arc. Art was not final, but that hasn't really affected my opinion. This was a really fun story. I'm not usually a fan of superhero stuff but this worked for me. The art was fun and engaging even without being finished. The characters were all delightful if a little bland. The settings were fine and the pacing of the story was doable but would work better for someone younger than me. I found that the magic superhero maguffin in this story was also new and interesting to me. I read this as an arc. Art was not final, but that hasn't really affected my opinion. This was a really fun story. I'm not usually a fan of superhero stuff but this worked for me. The art was fun and engaging even without being finished. The characters were all delightful if a little bland. The settings were fine and the pacing of the story was doable but would work better for someone younger than me. I found that the magic superhero maguffin in this story was also new and interesting to me. Overall this was a very fun short read that if I was younger would have loved. I look forward to seeing the finished product and would definitely recommend this to others who aren't super big into superheros.
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  • Abby Rubin
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from Publisher12-year-old Ashley Rayburn is just your average foster kid who wants to live in a home with a pet monkey and to be left alone to spray paint some tunnels. When the Nolans want to foster her, everything changes. She makes a new friend at school and gets into trouble trying to find her birthday presents. When she becomes the superhero, Primer, Ashley finds out that power is nice to have, but so is a family and friends. This is a great graphic novel for kids. The story is complete ARC from Publisher12-year-old Ashley Rayburn is just your average foster kid who wants to live in a home with a pet monkey and to be left alone to spray paint some tunnels. When the Nolans want to foster her, everything changes. She makes a new friend at school and gets into trouble trying to find her birthday presents. When she becomes the superhero, Primer, Ashley finds out that power is nice to have, but so is a family and friends. This is a great graphic novel for kids. The story is complete with room for sequels. The action isn't too scary and the characters are developed and diverse. I would love to see more in this universe.
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  • Alana
    January 1, 1970
    ARC - My review does not reflect finished content.Art is wonderful, story is rushed but cute--basically, DC put out something so Marvel you'd think it was about to cross over with Power Pack. Excited for the next villain, and to recommend this to my friends' kids.Side rant: I could once again live without the lazy slam on vegan food--why bother? What's the point? I'm not vegan but this is so unnecessary. I grew up in the 80s with books always knocking tofu and was shocked to find out as an adult ARC - My review does not reflect finished content.Art is wonderful, story is rushed but cute--basically, DC put out something so Marvel you'd think it was about to cross over with Power Pack. Excited for the next villain, and to recommend this to my friends' kids.Side rant: I could once again live without the lazy slam on vegan food--why bother? What's the point? I'm not vegan but this is so unnecessary. I grew up in the 80s with books always knocking tofu and was shocked to find out as an adult it's really good, just different than what I was used to. For a book appealing to kids, in a culture that bemoans their eating habits, this is a bad call.
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  • Sara Doyle
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The artwork and cover are absolutely stunning, and the vivid colors are perfect! Primer is a brand new type of superhero. Our superhero is Ashley, a 13 year old graffiti artist entering yet another foster home. She's snarky, feisty, and is very upfront with her pranks and schannagiens. Her new foster parents are super quirky and accepting. I love that her foster dad is comfortable with his scientist wife bringing I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The artwork and cover are absolutely stunning, and the vivid colors are perfect! Primer is a brand new type of superhero. Our superhero is Ashley, a 13 year old graffiti artist entering yet another foster home. She's snarky, feisty, and is very upfront with her pranks and schannagiens. Her new foster parents are super quirky and accepting. I love that her foster dad is comfortable with his scientist wife bringing home the larger paycheck. Primer uses paints to gain super hero abilities; naturally, the government wants these powers. I can't wait to see what Ashley/Primer does next!
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  • Jenny Claiborne
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from School Library Journal and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Ashley is a foster kid whose father is in jail. She's gone through home after home and has one more chance to connect with a young couple. They hit it off and she finds herself in her new home. Her foster mother is a scientist who steals a briefcase full of special paints that give the wearer superpowers. This is such a fun story! I really love the main characters and the illustrations are great. I received an ARC from School Library Journal and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Ashley is a foster kid whose father is in jail. She's gone through home after home and has one more chance to connect with a young couple. They hit it off and she finds herself in her new home. Her foster mother is a scientist who steals a briefcase full of special paints that give the wearer superpowers. This is such a fun story! I really love the main characters and the illustrations are great. Another win for DC Graphic Novels for Kids.
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  • WildBookBosomed
    January 1, 1970
    So fun! Very appealing to tweens and teens. Ashley is a foster kid that is paired up with a young couple. One is an artist and the other is a scientist. As Ashley navigates her new world and builds a relationship with her guardians she comes across a top secret suitcase of paint- one that grants her superpowers. Now Ashley must figure out how to be a teenager and the town heroine at the same time. Of course there is a villain close to heels. Contemporary and lovable. Thanks for the ARC DC kids!
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  • Katie Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished Primer! I love it so much!! What a great concept for a superhero! The paint aspect is really fun and adds a cool artistic spin, especially since Ashley is a graffiti artist. Ashley/Primer is so fierce, totally a hero to root for! I love that she is a foster kid with an incarcerated parent, I have so many students that will relate to her experiences. Love all the quirky, delightful supporting characters and the vibrant color palette too! I hope theres more to come!Thank you to DC I just finished Primer! I love it so much!! What a great concept for a superhero! The paint aspect is really fun and adds a cool artistic spin, especially since Ashley is a graffiti artist. Ashley/Primer is so fierce, totally a hero to root for! I love that she is a foster kid with an incarcerated parent, I have so many students that will relate to her experiences. Love all the quirky, delightful supporting characters and the vibrant color palette too! I hope there’s more to come!Thank you to DC for the advanced copy received at ALA Midwinter 2020
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  • Christina Burbage
    January 1, 1970
    Primer is a cute coming of age story about a girl who is being fostered and having to fins her way. I loved the way that it was written that I could connect with the characters. Some of it could have been developed a bit more. It seemed to jump around a bit but over all a great read and a fantastic lesson that there are still good people out there that care about others.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Ashley is the daughter of a villain who is in prison, but she discovers paints that give her superpowers at her new foster familys house. She starts to use those powers for good. I really enjoyed the character of Ashley and would definitely read more of her adventures! Ashley is the daughter of a villain who is in prison, but she discovers paints that give her superpowers at her new foster family’s house. She starts to use those powers for good. I really enjoyed the character of Ashley and would definitely read more of her adventures!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free print ARC from the publisher via School Library Journal.Interested in seeing the finished product. As of 2/28/2020, the entry for this book here on Goodreads is incorrect as far as the author. The first author listed on the physical ARC is Jennifer Muro.
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  • Heather Love
    January 1, 1970
    Colorful, heartfelt and fun. This was a delight to read. I loved how spunky, yet vulnerable, the main character was, and the supportive cast of characters she had surrounding her. I look forward to reading more of Primer's adventures.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Kazia
    January 1, 1970
    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?
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty cute little graphic.
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Netgalley.comEmbargoed title. Review on blog after release date.
  • Jaclyn Hillis
    January 1, 1970
    Primer is such a fun new superhero! I love the concept of her powers and all of the colors!
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received an ARC from the publisher at ALA Midwinter 2020; I also accessed a digital review copy through Edelweiss.
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