Creator: Sebastian Kadlecik
Writer: Kit Steinkellner
Artist: Emma Steinkellner
Publisher: Fanbase Press
A review by Anelise Farris
In Quince #5, summer is officially over. Lupe is starting sophomore year—same school, same friends, but a brand-new 15 year old, super-power wielding Lupe. Only Lupe herself doesn’t find her superpowers so incredible. The powers that she hasn’t had any use for yet, combined with a wedgie-inducing suit leaves her quite annoyed at what her quinceañera brought her. So what’s a girl to do? Well, pray for a disaster that requires her to use her superpowers of course. Insert “Hot Devin” who slips while hanging a banner at school. Lupe to the rescue!
As with the previous issues, the writing in Quince #5 is believable and flows smoothly. It is cheerful and humorous, but it has a whole lot of heart as a coming of age story. Similarly, the art is bright and youthful, but it maintains a depth and poignant quality. With this issue, I really liked all of the close-up panels, something we haven’t seen as much in the previous issues. The solid, simple backgrounds with the close-ups of characters really pulls readers into the story, and that has made me care about Lupe’s story from issue #1.
There are plenty of superhero coming-of-age stories, but Lupe’s narrative is refreshingly unique. Getting superpowers doesn’t make her a supermodel with a ridiculously high IQ and an entry into the popular clique at school. Being a superhero is hard, and sometimes boring, and Quince #5 captures this beautifully. Immediately from the cover of Quince #5, with Quince in her power pose, smirking, with her hood falling over her eyes, it is impossible not to be interested in where she goes next.
Buy it! Quince #5 continues the 15-issue series about a Latina girl with superpowers for a year, and in this issue Lupe makes her first heroic act. Check out ComiXology the 15th of every month for a new issue (available in both English and Spanish).