Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings
Now that all of the characters have been established in Power Up, the series is moving towards exploring the cause of everyone’s powers. With that exploration comes a few more answers and a lot of fun developments.
Power Up #4 opens up with the three heroes discussing the cleanliness of Kevin’s apartment. The first half of this issue is great for the development of Kevin, as we learn more about the character’s past as a star athlete. Kate Leth’s characters are fun and natural. A good chunk of the issue is just the characters talking around the house. These conversations are full of charm, and the banter is easily one of the most likable aspects of this series.
The second half of the issue is full of action as the trio faces another otherworldly foe, this time with the well-being of a friend at stake. The battle is full of dialogue that helps to clear up some of the confusion regarding the nature of these powers, but not too dramatically. Kevin gets even more spotlight as he plays a major role in battle.
While the characters feel natural and the story remains entertaining, the series still struggles with rocky pacing. The action feels somewhat clunky, with panels that seem to have a bit too much time between each other. This can lead to some minor confusion at times and momentarily take the reader out of the wonderful world that the creators have immersed us in.