Reviewed: Issue 1
Writer: Aaron Lopresti
Artist: Aaron Lopresti
Publisher: Dark Horse
Format: Ongoing Wonder Woman
and Justice League International artist Aaron Lopresti both writes and draws this new series. This retro-styled first issue feels like the setup to an ’80s family movie. Kenny, a teenage boy, finds himself in possession of an alien cube that allows him to turn matter into anything he wants – so long as it’s the same size (basic conservation of mass, right?). Oh, and a Nazi scientist is after the cube, because what else has a Nazi scientist got going for him these days?
Power Cubed is such an ’80s throwback (Kenny even sports a leather jacket while his girlfriend has a side-ponytail) that the modern elements of the comic feel jarring. Comical references to the internet and online henchmen fall flat, and the outloud narrations of the characters feel very dated.
Lopresti is a great artist and handles Kenny’s wild imagination and the monstrous look of evil Dr Cruel well. He also visually nails the emotions during a painfully stilted conversation between a father and son who have grown apart since the death of Kenny’s mother.
His writing skills, however, are not as well-honed. The dialogue is wooden and Kenny never feels like a modern 18-year-old. The book might have worked better had Lopresti fully embraced his inspiration and set Power Cubed in the ’80s. Abigail Chandler
If you can do anything, would you pick this?