Cute superheroes are hard to deny as they capture the youthful innocence we all approached these characters with when we were younger. There’s nothing cuter than Super Powers, out this week (the preview even started with, “Aw yeah”), but is it good?
Super Powers #1 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? Read our full preview!
Why does this book matter?
Art Baltazar and Franco join forces to deliver superhero awesomeness via cute images and a more simplistic style for all ages. With so many characters going through deep depression, fighting to forget horrible family issues, or just plain having sucky lives, it’s nice to see there’s a way to get at the core of fun when it comes to superheroes.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This comic is just straight up fun. Superman must take over for Batman, taking on his rogues gallery and comedically doing so way too easily. This issue ties in Wonder Woman and Superman’s past well and it’s never convoluted or confusing. Franco writes a solid issue that anyone can sit down, read, and enjoy all the while weaving in some of the complex elements of the characters too. Batman is tied up for much of the issue, but still gets an opportunity to show how his brains win battles. This all leads to a cliffhanger that sets up the next issue well too.
It’s also not too cutesy and can easily be enjoyed by adults. There’s certainly a cuteness to the drawings, but the plot works well enough to be humorous. Superman and Batman aren’t deep by any means, but that’s part of its charm.
Artist Art Baltazar keeps it simple, but backgrounds and aren’t neglected by any means. The characters are simplistic, but in a fun way that manages to give expressions and personality to the characters. The colors certainly pop and give every page an extra ounce of joy. If this art doesn’t make you smile, there may be something wrong with you.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Though there is some complexity to the plot, it doesn’t add a ton to chew on, nor is there any character work. Instead it’s a fun done in one sort of tale that is satisfying enough, though it did read as more of a backup story with more pages than an enjoyable full issue.
One of the more fun scenes.
Is It Good?
If you’ve ever found yourself enjoying Saturday morning cartoons you’ll love this. It brings a bit of joy to the DC universe you can’t get anywhere else.