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Hulk and Power Pack #3 (of 4)

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2007
By: Penny Kenny

“It’s Not Easy Being Green – Part 1”

Writer: Marc Sumerak
Artists: Andy Kuhn (p), Dave Sharpe (inks), GuriHiru (colors)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Poor Power Pack. Zero-G, Lightspeed, Mass Master, and Energizer just don’t get any respect. After driving off weird robots that are attacking the city, they get blamed for the destruction. You’d think that would teach them a lesson about jumping to conclusions. But nooooo. When they find their friend the Hulk in the middle of a pile of rubble, they decide he’s the one responsible and try to take him down.

Anyone who knows their Marvel Universe won’t be particularly surprised at which large green monster is responsible for the destruction, but they will enjoy his entrance: “I am unbridled fury. I am power personified. I am your worst nightmare.” There’s also an amusing scene in which the Pack begins listing all the “huge, green uglies” out there in the Marvel U.

Marc Sumerak’s Power Pack limited series – this is the fifth – are underappreciated gems of All Age comics. Everything a young or new reader needs to know to enjoy the story is right there on the page. Each issue follows the basic superhero comic formula established at the dawning of the age: a situation arises, there’s some character oriented bandiage between the Power children, and then the resolution, a quick, clearly choreographed, color-coded battle. But don’t confuse formulaic with boring. Sumerak’s light but respectful take on his material guarantees that readers get twenty to thirty minutes of pure, joyous, superhero fun. There’s even a positive moral, though Sumerak is never heavy-handed about it. Readers can see it or not.

While older readers might lament the lack of sub-plots and angst, there’s no denying Sumerak knows his Marvel U and nails the characters’ personalities. When a certain S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent quashes the idea of calling in superhero help to recapture their escaped prisoner with a gruff “No. We broke it. We buy it,” each and every Godzilla Essentials fan is going to have a happy flashback.

Those who picked up and rejected earlier Power Pack minis on the basis of the manga-like art need to take another look. With this series, the art has gone a bit more realistic. It’s the perfect visual metaphor to show the kids are a bit older and more experienced.

So show Hulk and Power Pack some love and jump in now.

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