Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Colton Worley
Colors by Morgan Hickman
Letters by Simon Bowland
Published by Dynamite Comics
Release Date: 03/04/2015
The silence in the first few pages of this reboot of the Project Superpowers universe is deafening. The tranquility of a Washington lake. The sun partly hidden behind the bordering landscape. Mist blanketing the water. A lone man approaches the water’s edge and sheds his clothes. He bends down and reaches into the hold-all he brought, removing a can of gasoline, lifting it atop his head. Its only now the silence is broken. “Please, I don’t want to do this.” In those first two pages the pacing grips, the movement of art perspective absorbs and by the time a flame is lit you’ll be sucked in.
Though the word Superpowers is above the Blackcross logo, to call this ‘standard super-hero fare’ would absolutely be a disservice. The art and words of this comic reads as a Noir Thriller. Government agents talk by the light of car headlights. Porch lamps cast draping shadows across the interiors of wood cabin where Lady Satan sells her mediumship. The presence of the characters known in the Superpowers universe is ethereal and foreboding.
Special mention must be made to Colton Morley whose cinematography in his panel creation is spectacular, his angles add suspense and power,to Warren Ellis’ well know standard of wordmanship. His posture work adding character, expression and realism of a seasoned industry pro.
If the remaining parts of this 6 part series read as well as the first this could be a series that attains the prestige of Busieks and Ross’ Marvels. Though on this issue my one complaint is the abruptness of its ending which left me questioning if the review copy was missing pages, and for that reason I must slightly downgrade the book from a perfect rating. Though that said, grab this from the comic shelf, all signs point to it being one hell of a story.