Review – America’s Got Powers #3 of 6

Script: Jonathan Ross & Bryan Hitch
Story: Jonathan Ross & Bryan Hitch
Art:  Jonathan Ross & Bryan Hitch
Inks: Paul Neary & Jason Paz
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Jeff Mariotte
Published by: Image Comics

Issue 3 of America’s Got Powers is here and we’re fresh off a confrontation between Tommy and his Mom about his role in the games. The fate of his brother Bobby has changed and the stakes just a whole lot higher, unfortunately there’s so many other things going on in this story that issue 3 puts that to the immediate side. Instead we focus on the facility and the endless dirty secrets within, one of which will prove to be one of the most cruel and abusive secrets so far.

The series has been a bit everywhere to help explain background, political interests, personal stories and the mystery of the crystal, for those hoping to hit some stability I’m sorry to say you wont find it. The layers just keep coming and the mystery behind Tommy / Zero is only getting deeper, what power does he hold and why do they so desperately want to find out what it is in the arena. We found out some of those details and honestly they’re really upsetting to say the least, what was a supernatural miracle has turned into dark experimentation.

Ross and Hitch have put together a solid issue, so much so that it’s hard to speak very much on it without spoiling the issue heavily. One has to just know the powers released in this world aren’t contained to any limited group and this gift to the world is only just starting. The only thing to figure out is which side will all of these power users end up on as the larger scope reveals itself, also will there be any real conclusion with only 3 issues left to pass through? The questions keep coming at this point and it’s worrying to think of how this will possibly even wrap up right now.

Release date: August 22, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – America’s Got Powers #1 of 6

Story: Johnathan Ross
Script: Johnathan Ross
Art: Bryan Hitch
Inks: Andrew Currie, Paul Neary
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Published by: Image Comics

San Francisco is a hub to many changes in society and living, what comes next is beyond that in every way as a mysterious rock shifts the course of the residents in a radical direction. Not exactly what you would expect from a reality tv themed comic name but it’s what they’re delivering. The new comic from Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch pits children born from this massive event against each other in the hottest new reality series for the chance to become a Hero.

Okay so that’s half-true, it’s a private funded program to teach, train and examine the genetic background of what makes this possible in this pool of young fighters. The research has been going on for years and could reach a head soon with results that would allow them to return to society but such a thing is cut short by the higher powers. While these powers were not a primary source of income, the show itself is their main front to get funding through ratings, merchandise and promotions from the intense situations all of these candidates face. For fans there are only 4 top heroes, The Quarterback, Blur, Whispa and Ice, these top heroes await their newest team member to arrive out of the new competition so they can lead a new generation. Unfortunately our narrator  Tommy Watts is not part of that elite group of super powered beings, he’s a clerk that walks us through the start of this story and soon finds himself drafted into the middle of it, not only as a low-end merchandise clerk but soon as a focal point to the show and the world. Sometimes it’s the most unexpected figures that deliver the biggest results in a world like that, Tommy proves it to be true in this opening story as we see a guy working a 9-5 hating his job shoot forward to the highest tier possible.

The story is a bit of a shift it breaks itself up into the Tommy, America’s Got Powers and the dark figures looming far above the stadium calling the shots on all of this. The three narratives do cross over each other during the course of the issue and by the end of it we see it all coming together for a single punch in issue 2 after all hell breaks loose in the arena. It’s a casual story-line that turns to deliver a hard cross at the last second, with extremely detailed art and original environments coming from the team it’s easy to get lost in the drag that Tommy experiences and then feel swept up as the pace of the action and story move quickly with little notice. As an original series and a mini-series there is some potential to be had, given their control of the first installment it seems safe to expect Ross and Hitch to continue delivering strong entries into this series.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

America’s Got Powers sells out, hits second print

Image keeps the sell out streak running strong, the new collaboration between Jonathan Ross & Bryan Hitch has gone back to the printers to meet the demand for this breakout comic. As with SECRET they’ll release this one back at shops on May 9th giving a week to read and catch up before #2 hits the following week on May 16th.

Bryan Hitch was obviously very excited at the news with this to say:

“AMERICA’S GOT POWERS marks a huge turning point for me as my first creator owned series,” Hitch commented. “The response has been overwhelming and there are so many other people to thank for helping to make the book such a success. I’m truly grateful to be telling the stories I’m passionate about and immensely proud that AGP has been greeted so warmly and so many have responded so kindly to Tommy and his fellow powered teens. Believe me, in this series and beyond, the best is still to come!”

We’re looking around at shops to find an issue to cover, once we do we’ll have a review of the hot comic out for everyone to check out. In the meantime we have the cover art which looks pretty enough.

Some background on America’s Got Powers:

AMERICA’S GOT POWERS is the story of the most successful TV show on Earth, a reality show of super-powered proportions. In AMERICA’S GOT POWERS, a generation of super-powered teens struggle to prove their worth while the whole world watches.

Link: Image Comics