Months ago, Bryan Hitch announced he would be leaving Marvel to work on this book. Hitch is one of the few artist that, when he says he is going to work on a book, the entire industry listens. America‘s Got Powers #1 is a great start to the new series that delivers in both art, and writing.
I’m not familiar with Jonathan Ross and his writing, but I want to be. While America’s Got Powers #1 doesn’t revolutionize comics, it’s still fun to read. Ross throws a lot of things at the reader, but never do they feel overwhelmed. Ross frames the story in a way that slowly peels the layers back on the history while also subtly throwing hints at the way the world works. The reader’s point of view is used through Tommy, the only person who hasn’t received powers in the group of people who have. While it’s clear that things won’t be the same for Tommy by the way Ross introduces him to us, it’s still great to see what happens at the end of the issue. The rest of the characters are given enough time to have the reader figure out who they are. While only superficial, it’s nice that Ross quickly establishes these characters to a point where, as a reader, I’m interested to see what happens next.
A lot of time is spent on explaining the rules of this world and why we should be invested in it. With media so focused on reality celebrities these days, it’s fun to see the creators of these shows be absolute dicks. It’s good to see, considering there are many fans who thing these reality stars are gods. America’s Got Powers has a couple of similarities to the recent blockbuster ‘Hunger Games,’ but those are only on the surface. It’s very different, and set up much better too. As stated before, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel in comic universes, but it’s a lot of un. And in a time when most comics are dead serious, it’s nice to have a fun and simple comic.
Byan Hitch has had a rough couple of years. His work hasn’t been it’s best, but still good. America’s Got Powers seems to be a return to form. The big widescreen panels looks amazing, filled with an astonishing amount of detail. Even when reading this issue on an iPhone, they still have the impact that they are shooting for. The big action scenes are filled and convey the chaos of fights like these. They are very busy, but it gives the reader plenty of reason to get lost in the pages. Given that Hitch had more time to pencil these issues, every character has a great amount of detail, even when there are numerous characters in the scenes. One thing that this reviewer noticed in past issues of his was some characters tended to blend in together. That doesn’t happen here, as every character has different facial structures and features. It’s great to be able to see Tommy amongst a huge crowd and know who he is. Some of the spandex clad people have similar costumes, but it’s a small gripe that doesn’t affect the read whatsoever.
America’s Got Powers #1 is a great start to a miniseries. It’s interesting, engaging, and it’s going to be a fun six months reading this book. If Bryan Hitch stays on this level for every issue, this is going to be his defining work as a penciler.
America’s Got Powers #1 gets 4.5/5.