Comic Book Review: Project Superpowers #6
Up to this point I would have said that the first Masks book was my favorite Dynamite team book. Now that might have to change to Project Superpowers. Who would have thought that a group of outdated superheroes like this could pull you in and make this a story worth your investment? As a reader who knew nothing of these heroes before jumping in, it says a lot that I could find myself willing to see this through to the end without the need to know their life stories.
Imani and Masquerade stole the show for the final confrontation for everything uplifting and in-depth about this story. Let’s start with Imani, this was a character who impressed me from the very scene where they decided that she should be the new host for the Spirit of The American Flag. Everything after that became understanding what made her so worthy at a time like this. That became clear for numerous reasons between the previous issue and this one. Her development was captivating through every opportunity taken to establish what it means to be a hero. Not only that but a hero in a world where there was no reason to have them yet. Everything about her actions filled these pages with hope and it was endearing to see what a kid could bring to the table where the adults were lacking. I actually didn’t mind the focus on the fact that she is a kid, in most cases this would be a quick negative to me, but this creative team dodged every troublesome cliche.
As for Masquerade, it was hard to ignore the power that went into her dialogue. From the start of this story, she was the center of attention for the perspective she had taken to the world around her. One where she didn’t think they either fit or belonged because it wasn’t a world she recognized. Bringing her to this point of reminder in what she does and why was empowering. Imani’s hope reached her, and from there you could see how formidable these older heroes could be when they were motivated by the admirable persistence we treasure from our favorite heroes.
The only issue I may have had with this story was the cliche villain moment when they have victory in their grasp and they simply milk the time before it’s actually absolute. Seeing how this was the last issue, it’s not too hard to believe that they weren’t trying to add a whole new layer of trouble to the mix. However, that didn’t quite change the fact that you would sit there wondering “What is he waiting for?”. Aside from that? P:andora was a memorable villain for the way that he pushed these heroes to their limit. He was overpowered to an extent, but that only means that the heroes would have to work that much harder to fight smarter. That made the execution of the final clash so thrilling. It was a plan to topple P:andora that you didn’t see coming till it did.
This issue was some of the best work that this art team produced for the finale. Normally with a final confrontation, there is always worry about how much action you will see and how much of it will be clear to you. This issue was no exception when the setting was a city risen to the skies. In other words, rubble and moving landscapes which add to a lot of what’s already going on. Fortunately we have artists who are able to handle this amount of work without being overwhelmed. What contributed to this success was the perspective taken with each scene. This made a big difference with key actions, expressions, and even showing just how imposing P:andora could be for his size alone. Like the issue before, the highlight of this finale was all the effort put into bringing out the spectacle of the Spirit of The American Flag. There’s so much to enjoy about the way this flag wraps around an individual, flows off of them, not to mention the way that the pattern weaves through the folds. It takes some patience and understanding of placement to pull this off consistently. At the end of the day, for most of us it is easy to compare the visual appeal of the flag to Cloak from Marvel.
Project Superpowers #6 delivered on one heck of a final stand. These days it’s hard to get a superhero story with this much heart, while at the same time focusing on more than one hero. This book one was memorable for everything that reminds us of what it means to be a superhero, capes or no capes.