Title: Superzero #2
Writer(s): Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Rafael De La Torre
Release Date: 20th Jan 2016
You have been having dreams about an alien invasion, so what do you do? That’s right, try to recreate some superhero origin stories in the hope you gain superpowers!
Drusilla Dragowski is trying to acquire superpowers so she can save the world. Unfortunately, her plans keep backfiring, usually resulting in her being injured. I’m not going to spoil the rest of the story, suffice it to say it’s really good.
The series so far has explored some strong underlying themes through Dru; obsession and mental health. We are never told if she is delusional or just obsessed with superpowers, and it makes her character all the more compelling as a result. The issue closes on a cliffhanger, and it’ll be interesting to see how Dru’s story pans out, and to discover if her dreams are indeed reality.
The artwork is pin sharp and brilliantly captures the emotional nuances of the characters, particularly in highlighting Dru’s determination and force of will. It has just the right amount ‘cute’ to give the action an appealing offbeat feel. I would sum it up as Peanuts meets Kick-Ass, taking the finer elements from both. Colours, too, are fantastic with differing palettes matching the mood of each scene, an effect which also helps heighten the emotional drama.
On the whole, Superzero is an enjoyable and refreshing book, and I’m excited to see where it goes from here.
The writer of this piece was: David Gladman
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