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Project Superpowers #6

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2008
By: Ray Tate

Alex Ross & Jim Krueger
Carlos Paul, Debora Carita (c)
Dynamite Entertainment
I've been flipping through issues of Trinity in the comic book store, and the series has pretty much lived up to my low expectations. I expected DC editorial to, despite Kurt Busiek's good intentions, squander the potential of their biggest names like they always do. Trinity allegedly stars Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Sure enough Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman rarely appear in Trinity. Contrast that treatment to Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's reverence for the also-rans, the public domain heroes that comprise the team in Project Superpowers.

Are you looking for human drama? Then look no further than the exchange between the Fighting Yank, his ghostly ancestor and the American Spirit. The Spirit gives the Yank a choice to make, and while this choice is expected, the way it's executed imbues the scene with power.

Perhaps you need a little romance? Project Superpowers features insightful dialogue between Miss Masque, whose abilities gain a little more flesh, and V-Man, who ironically has become a carrier of disease.

Looking for a unique partnership with fun dynamic discussion? Samson and the Scarab, who flies on the cover and takes part in a good portion of the book, trade quips and philosophies as they fight the Frankenstein army.

Do you need a stirring speech with a daring mission statement? The Green Lama lays down the objective. Fiction and reality blur, for the Superpowers just declared war on Haliburton, the Bush administration and Wall Street.

Maybe none of this sways you, and you're simply into comics to see super-heroes kick ass. Look no further. In addition to Samson's and Scarab's siege, the entire Superpowers team storm in like the calvary to shoot, hit, incinerate, blast and rend the Frankenstein army. Carlos Paul and Debora Carita potently illustrate the carnage and daring-do.

Project Superpowers stars heroes that you may have only passing knowledge of, but they're written like the real deal. They resonate with history and conviction. Ross and Krueger update these underrated legends without losing their essences, and their characterization unfolds to reveal hidden depths. Paul and Carita compliment the writing with bracing scenes in which the heroes walk the walk and talk the talk. We have a new Justice League, and it's the Superpowers.



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