The GeeksverseAmerica’s Got Powers #1

America’s Got Powers #1
Published on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by

Bryan Hitch is back and he’s joined by Jonathan Ross for a gorgeous looking way of picking a super hero team.

Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jonathan Ross
Penciled by: Bryan Hitch
Inked by: Paul Neary
Colored by: Paul Mounts
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by: A- Bryan Hitch; B- Leinil Francis Yu

The concept behind this new series, using a contest to determine the members of a super hero team, is nothing new. It’s a reflection of the American Idol type of world we live in, but was originally done by Todd Nauck years ago in Wildguard.

There’s some logic issues with the story. Where are the villians, what is the point of making a super hero team if they have no one to fight? How many of these kids are there? The story says that it was every pregnant woman in a five mile area, that’s not going to be very many kids. So are there others that gain powers? There’s mention of camps, but no details.

There’s not much story here, just lots and lots of action. And it’s gorgeous action at that. Hitch has a lot of double page spreads and they are beautiful. But the story is nothing but the fight. It’s well laid out, well scripted, but it’s just a lot of fighting.

It looks good. In fact it looks great. But the story is just lacking.

We get some good development on the main character Tommy Watts, the only person not born with powers, but that’s it.

All in all the story is decent, just not much depth. I hope the next issues will add more depth. The scenes of the contest are extremely well done, well laid out, well drawn, and well scripted. It has a real feel of excitement to it. Ross does great with these scenes.

But it just feels like one giant endless fight.

A gorgeous looking fight. It’s Bryan Hitch at his best, but the story just feels lacking, overpowered by the action scenes.

America’s Got Powers #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

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