Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #1 Review: The End of the World As We Know It…Again

By Daniel Schwartz

Imagine a world that has recently dodged a near-apocalyptic bullet. Certain that the planet was doomed, humanity falls into chaos and nearly destroys itself before the extraterrestrial threat (meteor) arrives. Now, imagine that the meteor did not have the expected cataclysmic result, and life continued on. The world is suffering from collective PTSD and trying to recover. It sounds like a good time for an invasion to me!

Although the world does appear ripe for the picking, Earth will not go down without a fight! The meteor crash that previously traumatized the world had a secondary and unexpected effect. It granted several humans special abilities. With enhanced speed, strength, and agility, these people became superheroes. Will they be enough to overcome this new and powerful threat to the planet? They will have Seven Days to find out.

Industry heavy-hitter Gail Simone pens this new and original tale about a world-ending for the second time. This first issue introduces several interesting people and superheroes. With spot-on dialogue, cool characters, and multiple sub-plots to explored, Seven Days kept me turning the pages and kept me guessing. Not only that, but it also shocked me with a pretty big death that legitimized the true threat to humanity. 

This first of seven issues is not only an enjoyable read, but it is also an easy way for new readers to be introduced to the Catalyst Prime Universe (created around the first meteor crisis). If you are tired of reading about Batman putting Joker into Arkham for the 90th time or Spider-Man taking on another resurrected Green Goblin, this is the comic for you. A new world, fun superheroes, and a powerful alien threat make Seven Days a must-read.

Rating: 10 out of 10. This miniseries is off to great start and with brilliant writing by Gail Simone, the future looks bright for Seven Days (you know, unless the world actually ends).

Daniel Schwartz has been a Pastrami Nation contributor for over two years. He is a father of 4 and husband of 1. He is a massive fan of all things Sci-fi and fantasy, including Game of Thrones, Star Trek, and the Arrowverse. You can follow him on Instagram at 2 sites, @tvnerddude, and @arrowverseweekly.

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