Like many things I read I picked this because I knew the Netflix series was coming out (I read this a while ago and I am way behind in my reviews). A group of kids forced into being superheroes and then what their lives were like as adults was up my alley. I was probably too young the first time I read The Watchman and have since always had a thing for dysfunctional heroes.
The story was very quick. This was nice since I could easily finish it in a day. This also meant there wasn’t as much backstory or depth in the characters as I expected. I finished it and was surprised it was done. I then went online to make sure that the story was over.
Despite its short length the series does demonstrate the complexities of family well. Growing up in a dysfunctional family everyone handles things differently, I see this with my students. The children’s “father” adopted them because of their potential for powers. He raises them to be superheroes and protect the world but is distant (they have numbers not names) and has his own motives. The powers are also interesting and unique: strength, manipulate throwing things, alter reality through truth, time travel, talking with the dead, possessing monsters. Each child (that lasts to adulthood) deals with their upbringing differently though all are obviously damaged.
The death of their father bring them together briefly but soon familiar issues drive them apart. I don’t think it would be a spoiler to say that they have to band back together to save the world but I won’t share more than that.
Since this is such a quick read I would recommend it. It is entertaining quick and has unique illustrations. It wasn’t groundbreaking but it was enjoyable and a nice change of pace.