Power Cubed

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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?

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