Power Ups: Short Comic Collection by Comic Book Hour- the review
By David Jenkins

Posted on: 29 Dec 2017


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Every story in the collection is inspired by the prompt “I’m not who they think I am”. A vague enough prompt that could mean someone is a fraud or they’ve done something evil in the past or they’re just putting on a strong front but they’re damaged inside- the possibilities are endless. Each story here tackles the prompt in a different way sure some of them are a bit predictable like the fraud I mentioned above but some have a twist in the predictability. Take ‘Whispers’ for example A story about a teenage girl ghost whispering evil things into the families ears and you feel sorry for the family. Then you learn why the girl is dead and all the sympathy fades.  Despite the fantasy settings of several of the stories many of the comics are realistic in the emotions described such as ‘The Monster’ short where a hunter kills a vampire whose final thoughts is for her children who are now orphans.  Several of the stories are just plain fun with my favourite being ‘The Classics’ where an alien, a robot and Godzilla have been replaced by new fears- global flooding, zombies and dictatorships. Rather than accept their fate the three classic monsters solve the new fears to regain their place as to dogs again.  The image of Godzilla as a punk with a Mohawk, piercings and a spiked leather jacket is awesome by itself but the ways that the classics solve our new problems are funny, simple but well drawn.

The variety of art on offer is a treasure trove with some painting style like in ‘I see you’ which mainly uses blues, whites and blacks to show its winter outside and inside of the lion who has just joined the zoo. But his friend the robin is bright orange and cheers him up then they have a child- a fox which again is orange and the colour scheme and art speaks louder than words could by themselves at showing how the lion’s life has turned around. Another great use of colour and painting style is ‘The Terramyth’ which is about the universe and gods which the art style reminds me of ancient pictures of our world. Most of the art is in western style comic type but the detailed art in some of the stories like ‘Whispers’ is just like you’d see in mainstream comics, it’s that high standard.

One difference to mainstream comics however is the lack of dialogue in several of the stories like ‘Ahogar’. Minimum narration, dialogue and letting the panels speak for themselves is a brave decision and it works in several comics here the facial expressions and mannerisms tell you all you need to know.

Overall, this is an interesting comic collection with an eclectic mix of stories and art styles. Some have minimum words but in many of those cases the words are not necessary.

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