Friday, January 27, 2017

Power Up (Kate Leth)

Power Up
Kate Leth, illustrations by Matt Cummings
BOOM! Studios
Fiction, Comics
***+ (Okay/Good)

DESCRIPTION: In ancient times, a prophecy foretold a day when four individuals would receive great powers, with which to combat evil forces across the stars. But they got the math a little wrong...
Amie's just trying to get by on a retail wage, working in a small pet shop, when a flash of light gives strange powers to her and a nearby goldfish, Silas - just in time to be attacked by a shadowy being. Soon, she meets the construction worker Mike, formerly a pro athlete, and suburban mom Sandy, both of whom were also touched by the light (and who got their own powers, plus cool costumes, out of the deal.) None of them know why they were chosen or how their powers work, but they don't have much time to figure it out, as denizens from a thousand worlds converge on Earth to find them.
This volume contains episodes 1 - 6.

REVIEW: This title reads fast and has many fun moments (such as the goldfish Silas, who turns into a miniature whale with laser beams when using his power), but it felt a bit thin. The characters are decent, but not especially deep, and the story never quite goes as far as it felt it wanted to, wrapping up too flat and neat. It's not bad, though.

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