Power Pack (2020-) #3 by Ryan North

Power Pack (2020-) #3 (of 5)Power Pack (2020-) #3 by Ryan North
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t want this to be a limited series. I want this to keep going after #5, or for Marvel to commission this creative team to create an ongoing Power Pack series straight after this finishes. Because I love this.

This issue focuses particularly on Julie Power, a character I, admittedly, had a huge crush on when I was eight years old. She was my first fictional character crush. She’s aged a lot better than me, but to be fair she’s also aged a lot less than me. Because comics.

First and foremost Power Pack are a family, and that’s something that Ryan North clearly understands and captures really well. Also, more than most other super heroes, they’re the same people both in and out of costume.

The art by Nico Leon is also superb, and really evokes the work of June Brigman, while at the same time feeling very modern.

Really, this book is a treat and I don’t want it to end.

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Outlawed (2020) #1 by Eve L. Ewing

Outlawed (2020) #1Outlawed (2020) #1 by Eve L. Ewing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I really need to check out the rest of Outlawed but looking at eBay I’m not sure that’s going to happen as Outlawed #1 is selling for silly money (thanks, coronavirus), but maybe I’ll get lucky.” That’s what I said at the end of my review of Champions #1. So, did I get lucky? Well…sort of…I found someone selling the regular cover and the Tony Daniel wraparound variant cover on eBay in one lot, and it wasn’t too much..considering…

Anyway, what did I think of the book? I liked it, a lot, and now I have context for what was going on in Champions #1. Or…do I? Because my one complaint is that it really wasn’t clear what happened with Viv Vision, maybe that was deliberate. After all, the reason that everything went south so quickly is because so much was happening at once, the team weren’t properly communicating and, well, everyone got confused.

Also, while Jacinto’s art is good, it’s perhaps a tad too stylised at times for my taste…but that didn’t really spoil my enjoyment of the book.

Mostly, these are characters I like, and I just enjoy seeing them interact with each other and doing stuff. Although watching them get hurt isn’t great…

This is also clearly set up for the rest of the Outlawed event, which is fair enough. I’ll be reading Champions and Power Pack, so it’s good to have read this for context.

Also, Viv is very obviously not dead. Which is good.

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Champions (2020-) #1 by Eve Ewing

Champions (2020-) #1Champions (2020-) #1 by Eve Ewing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, if you know me you’ll know that teen superhero teams are my jam…and teen superhero teams that are on the run from the law especially so.

Literally my only complaint about this book is that “New law makes superheroing illegal” is a trope that’s well worn, but it’s done well here, so I won’t complain too much (also I did it in one of my own books, so I’d be a big hypocrite if I did).

The writing is superb, and in a team featuring a LOT of characters everyone gets a little moment so we can at least start to get to know them. The art is…wow…the art is just gorgeous, and has a young and vibrant vibe to it that feels very appropriate.

I really need to check out the rest of Outlawed but looking at eBay I’m not sure that’s going to happen as Outlawed #1 is selling for silly money (thanks, coronavirus), but maybe I’ll get lucky.

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