Published on July 25th, 2018 | by Kevin Given0
Review: Project Superpowers V3 #1
“People of America, people of the world, look up, before it’s too late.” – American Flag.
Do we really need another Superhero title in addition to the 350,000 superheroes on the market today? Can we top Superman? Can we beat Spiderman? Is there anything original that a writer can create after 80 continuous years of costumed avengers? Well, yes and no. If anyone is up to the challenge of trying its Dynamite. This story opens in an era where Super powered beings have been put in check and are no longer active. It’s unclear weather it’s because they’re illegal or just not wanted but whatever the case, these heroes do not use their powers anymore.
The Creative Team:
Rob Williams opens this story with what appears to be a ghost made up as the American flag giving warning. Masquerade, A.K.A. Diana Adams, is walking down the street towards an appearance on a talk show when a pervert pats her on the rump. A sexual assault that causes her to use her superpowers, which appears to be some type of telekinesis as she causes the perp to wet his pants. The exposition here is done as Adams answers questions about her new book: Project super powers. Great stuff includes the flashback to the 1940’s, ala Watchmen, when the group was organized and at their peak. And Masquerades explanation as to why this team split up. It’s complicated.
Sergio Davila brings us some incredible art which is the major reason to buy this issue. It’s beautifully realistic and with strong attention to detail. Highlights include the multitude of airplanes spinning out of control and the introduction of each hero, all of which make a dramatic entrance as they seek to discover the reasons for the planes going out of control.
This title works as a team effort, the individual heroes need each other to contain the threat of airplanes suddenly losing power and falling to the earth. Some of the characters are interesting, others generic and have been done before. The most interesting character is the one called Green Lama, whose powers are magical, and he can generate some kind of energy web, he’s the master of the meta-natural, whatever that is. Then we come to Samson, who has, what else, God given strength, though he’s blind. Funny moment; Masquerade tells him he needs to see an optometrist. The Black Terror arrives on the scene to rescue the passengers and crew of one plane and then w0nders why they’re afraid of him, even with the word terror in his name (I know there’s not many names left out there, but can’t you find a word that evokes hope, not fear?) Scarab, the obligatory Ironman knock off arrives and finally we see the Death Defying Devil leap into action. Whose powers seem to be bi-polarity as one minute he behaves heroically and the next he’s trashing those he’s supposed to be helping, but even though this team works well, they are not the focus of the American Flag ghost an 18-year-old girl, who makes use of the Lama’s energy web to make her way to the Devil and then the American Flag…To be continued *** (8.2 rating)
Writer: Rob Williams
Art: Sergio Davila
Genre: Superhero Adventure
Publication Date: August 2018
Format: Comic Book
Page Count: 32 Pages
ON SALE DATE: 8/1/2018
Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment