Author: Aron Warner
Genre: Graphic novel
Publisher: Sea Lion Books
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: E-book for review from the publisher
First line: Akron, Ohion. October 2nd. 2025.
Publisher blurb: Brent Marks is not a freak. He’s one of the “Pariah”, a group of teens who become extremely intelligent after being cured of a genetic disorder. Although in most ways a normal teen, Brent is considered dangerous and is tracked down by the government who see these kids as an enormous threat.
They’re not super powered, they’re just super smart. The teen protagonists who lead us through the world of Pariah, a twelve-book graphic novel series from the mind of Oscar-winning film producer Aron Warner and published by Sea Lion Books, are the next generation of heroes in the comic book world. Eisner-nominated illustrator Brett Weldele (The Surrogates) will bring the stories to life in ink, and Philip Gelatt will pen the scripts set in Warner’s world for the twelve books.
The Vitros, as the characters are called, are a group of several hundred kids from all over the world who possess beyond-human intelligence produced via genetic manipulation. As teenagers in the process of trying to uncover their identities, they live relatively normal lives, though not without a fair amount of suspicion thrown at them from the fringes of society. When the Vitros are framed for a deadly explosion at a laboratory that releases a virus on the population, the government systematically begins to round up these pariahs, sending our heroes on the run from the authorities and their lives.
One of my goals this year is to read more graphic novels. When I was offered an e-book preview of the upcoming graphic novel, Pariah, Vol. 1, I jumped at a chance to work on that goal. Although this first installment in the series is far from perfect, it is an exciting beginning, and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
I love the idea behind Pariah, and the future it envisions is an intriguing one. I would have liked a little more world-building and background on who – and what – the Vitros are. On the other hand, the story does jump right into the action, and I was drawn into the story. I guess it’s the nature of comic books, but just when I was really rolling with the story, excited to see what happens next, it was over. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for Volume 2.