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.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published on June 23, 2020 by DC Comics
ISBN-10: 1401296572
ISBN-13: 9781401296575
12 Book Reviews
  • its_audrey
    its_audrey13 days
    This book is very colorful tell me if i should read it!!!
    • alannahb
      alannahb13 days55 stars
      This book amazing! I loved it and I think it the best book you should read yet. Plus it really good but the good part it from DC and that what I love about!
      • nitria
        nitria18 days55 stars
        So far, this is the BEST and (most) COLORFUL BOOK by DC Comics!!!
        • nitria
          nitria18 days55 stars
          Anything that is by DC Comics, I WILL READ IT!!! I'm actually making my own book (including DC Comics) with my made up character of my own! :)
          • yourpuppylover1
            yourpuppylover115 days55 stars
            Also I rated it 5 stars cuz I think it is good 👍
          • ssuki
            ssuki26 days55 stars
            10/10
            • d1no
              d1no27 days55 stars
              primer is about this girl who super paint has power as a diffrent colors and then she trys to be a superhero and overcome chaallengs
              • atroit_avimimus
                atroit_avimimus28 days55 stars
                This was total perfection! It was funny, it was cute, it was completely and utterly unique. The emotions portrayed weren't hyperbolic or superficial like they usually are when it comes to DC graphic novels. The graphic novel's only downfall was how short it was, but even then it managed very well. It built up perfectly to a climactic fight and a cliffhanger ending that left me wanting more. The art was simply sublime. Absolutely beautiful. But I knew it would be. And the protagonist Ashley was just a breath of fresh air! The art was great, reminiscent of a cartoon with bright colors that popped. Ashley was extremely likable, cracking tons of jokes as she fights crime. Kids are going to absolutely love this. I enjoyed it quite a bit too. I can't wait to see what else Primer gets up to, I would absolutely love to see her make the transition to full-blown DC comics character! I'm not sure if that'll ever come about but there definitely seems to be plans for a sequel if that ending was anything to go by...
              • bruzose
                bruzoseabout 1 month55 stars
                This book was really good you should totally read it. It was a =bout a girl named Ashly she was adopted because her dad is in prison so her foster mom stole these paints from a lab and then Ashly went though her foster moms stuff then she puts on these paints with her friend and then starts flying.........
                • keiriv
                  keirivabout 1 month55 stars
                  its about this girl that likes to color with spray cans and she was to foster care until she find one and the dad had cans colors paint all that he was an expert
                  • hanukolover
                    hanukoloverabout 1 month55 stars
                    i love this book so much it really relates to people in this world its the best book ever i would highly reccomend it its the best.