Lightweightz: The Anthology Part I holds promise of character behind the story. Often in the comic industry, it is easy for the reader to lose themselves in the spectacle of costume and cape adventures. With Oakland, CA based Justin Martin’s first endeavor, he hopes to correct that problem by connecting the reader with the humanity and spiritual struggles of the individuals you are reading about. Mr. Martin previously spoke extensively about R-Squared Comicz and his work on Lightweightz, this month saw the release of the first part of his anthology after much anticipation from fans. It is refreshing to read a title that focuses on building the human side of its main characters by giving you a glimpse of the events that will inform who and what they will later become in the overall story. Inspired by 1 Corinthians 12:7 (“Now to each one the manifestation of the spirit is given for the common good”), Lightweightz: The Anthology Part One introduces readers to the first four Lightweightz team members (this is not what you would consider your typical super team, this one is a bit of a different take on the genre. Check out the answer to “What is Lightweightz?”) teenagers who discover they have unique abilities. It focuses on the impact these abilities have on their lives, and how they choose to use and make sense of these abilities. Justin Martin pulls writing duties on this issue while Przemyslaw R. Dedelis provides art and Lya Cuello color. This team has managed to produce a clean easy read that piques interest with a story that gives an intimate window into the main players lives, while hinting at something much larger unfolding just outside of the story that we see on the page. Creating a comic inspired by ones faith that appeals to others is a challenging task, but one that this title seems ready to tackle by investing readers in the humanity that comes from the human experience. For an example on how to craft stories with characters as opposed to riding on the flash and bang whiz of sensationalism, check out Lightweightz (available for digital download for $2 on the R-Squared website). Justin Martin is to be congratulated for taking all that he has learned as a fan and throwing his creative hat into the arena of independent comic creators. Keep your eyes open, he is sure to surprise the industry with what is yet to come.