Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Super Powers #5 Review

Highway to the Phantom Zone

Written by: Art Baltazar
Art by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 1, 2017

I just love this book!  It's the perfect thing to wash away all of the dark grittiness that seems so popular with the in-crowd nowadays.  Each issue ends up being a who's who of crazy characters and heavy hitters alike.  So far, the story has revolved around Prym-El and a whole brain wash/control scheme of Brainiac.  So, how does this penultimate issue fare?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with Brainiac and Darkseid continuing their pow wow in the Kryptonite Fortress and the scene ends with Brainiac in control of Prym.  The end game is for Pryme to serve Darkseid, but the story takes a detour when Brainiac accidently sends the whole planet of New Krypton into the Phantom Zone.

After a brief fight between Prym and Brainiac, the Legion of Doom hightail it out of there and when Lex kicks it into overdrive, I had a huge smile on my face.  Seeing the old Legion of Doom ship always has that effect on me.

We continue with Pryme ripping through the Justice League until Superman shows up, which only angers him more!  Meanwhile in Gotham City, Darkseid shows up with Parademons and a really bad attitude.  

With Batman out of town, it's awesome to see who steps up to the plate to claim the city as theirs.  I won't say who it is, but it's just as good as the heroes who show up to save Gotham City.

When we get back to Pryme and the League, we get a face (or bandages) from the future and finally find out who it is.  It's a bit cliched, but fits the campy, fun nature of this book perfectly and is the exact solution the League needs to get rid of Pryme.

Of course, the Justice League never gets a moment to relax and they get called to Gotham City.  I guess Firestorm didn't get the job done, huh?  It's a cool team and I can't wait to see how the series ends.

A whole lot of things happened here, but it still felt like the calm before the storm.  Maybe it's because a bunch of the problems were worked out too quickly, but this book isn't about the mind bending story, it's about the characters and plenty show up.

The art in this book is great and I really can't get enough of it.  I love every single character model and can just page through it and ignore those pesky word thingees.

Bits and Pieces:

If you have enjoyed this series up until now, this issue isn't going to change your mind as we near next months finale.  If you haven't added this to your pull list, go back to the beginning and get them all.  It's worth it.



  1. Another great issue! I always look so forward to this, as I know it's going to be a good time and put a smile on my face. And I love the scenes where we see Batman's cape is grey or black on the inside. Ooooh, Capullo is gonna be pissed off about that...

    Looking forward to the finale, and hoping (in vain, I know) that they will make this an ongoing series.

  2. I agree with Dancing Mike! My kids look forward to this more than any other comic they read, including Scooby Doo Team Up and Teen Titans Go! Great story and just a fun book. I hope they continue this too!