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All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. A quick note – since this month is so relatively short, I’ll be featuring an extra comic every week, for a total of 32 comics spotlighted! Here is a list of all the comics spotlighted so far!
In this installment we take a look at Vince White’s The Legend of Will Power #1-3
This impressive superhero series is about a teenager named Will Power who is visiting his father when something goes horribly wrong with a device his father was working on that involved altering the density of objects. The device essentially exploded, altering the density of the entire universe! Everything changed. Everything, of course, except for Will, who was safely thrown into a sort of dimensional pocket by his father at the last moment to protect him from the blast. 30 years later, Will is saved from the pocket and as a result, he is now the densest person in the universe. Why does that matter? I’ll just let White tell you, in this sequence from the end of the first issue…
Cool set-up, right? Meanwhile, White’s art is extremely dynamic. It has a real powerful energy to it, and I am a sucker for the storytelling he uses in the panel where Will falls down the building. I love when artists experiment with layouts like that (at least when the experiment pays off, like it did here).
Issue #2 sees Will in his first fight against a super villain. The villain in #2 is really clever, as it is a hitman who is really a robot controlled by an internet troll, essentially. Will also meets a mysterious time traveler who tried to stop the explosion in issue #1 and also tries to give Will some tips on how to control his powers.
Issue #3 sees Will encounter his first group of superheroes, the Action Pack, a government-sanctioned teen superhero group who take issue with Will trying to access his father’s hidden lab.
This is a bright, compelling book with an interesting lead character and a constant stream of intriguing new character introductions each issue (also, each issue has a side story that shows what happens to Will’s friend, Abbott, who was also thrown from the explosion – only he was sent somewhere else).
You can read more about the book at Primal Paper Comics’ website, including where you can buy these issues. Check it out here.
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