Project Superpowers #0
Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Sergio Davila
Colors by: Felideus
Letters by: Simon Bowland
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Review by Cory Webber
Project Superpowers #0 is a relaunch of the original 2008 series. Since the first issue came out a decade ago, Dynamite has priced it at 10¢ for the 10-year anniversary. Now, this issue serves mainly to introduce new readers to the original team members and their origin. Also, it introduces us to a brand new threat.
Project Superpowers #0 does exactly what it has set out to do. It tells the team’s origin, introduces a new threat, and gets you excited for the new volume.
Rob Williams sets an uneasy tone by analyzing a phrase from the opening section of War of the Worlds. It was a great opening that instantly intrigued me.
Now, I must admit, I had never heard of Project Superpowers before this. However, this issue has me looking into the original series. If you’re interested, and you live in the U.S., ComiXology Unlimited has the first volume available as part of its monthly subscription. And, it features art by none other than Alex Ross.
Now, back to this issue, the characters Green Lama and the Death-Defying Devil introduce us to the new world the heroes now inhabit. I won’t get into the actual plot too much — it’s only 16 pages worth of story — but, suffice it to say, Williams does a great job of setting up the initial story arc. It doesn’t feel too focused on rehashing what came before, nor does it offer too much insight into what is to come. Most importantly, he does a great job of giving you enough of a taste to make you want to order the entire meal.
Sergio Davila’s art is meant for a book like this, as he has shown with his work on Injustice. Most of all, he can handle epic action, physically imposing characters and deep human emotion, which he does so to great effect here. Again, we’re only given a taste here, but it’s enough to whet your appetite. His line work is solid. It gives a cinematic, almost immersive 3-D type, feel to the book, especially during a few rain-drenched panels.
While Davila’s art is spectacular, Felideus’ colors surely serve to highlight his work. For the most part, he uses bright colors that he seems to have toned down a couple hues darker. Almost as if he wanted to give the impression that there is some brightness and hope alive and well, but it happens to be below the surface.
Verdict: Buy it!
Project Superpowers #0 serves as a great jumping on point. And, it’s only 10¢! So, check it out. Especially if you feel bogged down by keeping up with the continuity of the Big Two, but you still want to read superhero books.