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COMIC REVIEW: POWER UP #4

BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings
Price: $3.99

Power Up #4

 

 

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.

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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.

click for super-sized previews of Power Up #4

Matt Cummings’ art is still a perfect fit for Leth’s writing, with animated characters and fun designs. The art significantly helps to smooth out some of the rough pacing, and has so much charm that it’s easy for the reader to not mind the rockiness. The action scenes are very animated, with more of the wonderful detail and flashy transformations that continue to make this series so entertaining.

Power Up is still a fun and flashy series, despite the pacing issues that continue to hold it back from being great. Anyone who has enjoyed the series so far will find much more to like here, as it continues to be insanely charming.

BOOM! Studios Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Matt Cummings Price: $3.99     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. Matt Cummings’ art is still a perfect fit for Leth’s writing, with animated characters and fun designs. The art significantly helps to smooth out some of the rough pacing, and has so much charm that it’s easy for the reader to not mind the rockiness. The action scenes are very animated, with more of the wonderful detail and flashy transformations that continue to make this series so entertaining. Power Up is still a fun and flashy series, despite the pacing issues that continue to hold it back from being great. Anyone who has enjoyed the series so far will find much more to like here, as it continues to be insanely charming.
Story - 6
Characters - 8
Art - 8.5

7.5

Power Up #4 is full of Kevin, and that's awesome.

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