Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: Power pack #12
Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 at 07:15:48 am EDT (Viewed 78 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Power pack #12
Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 at 02:08:33 am EDT (Viewed 75 times)

    Ive only read bits and pieces, for instance i havent read their origin. its tied outer space and aliens, so my eyes tend to glass over when comics go to space.
    but yeah, in general its a team of super powered kids, brothers and sisters from lets say 14 years old to 5 years. the family dynamic is fun as they fight and protect each other in turn and the kids have distinct personalities. theres a general ongoing theme about whether to reveal their powers to their parents.
    normally im not a fan of children in danger concepts like jurrassic park, but Power pack works for me for some reason. its well integrated into the MU fort one thing so ive generally only read their adventures when they meet other heroes.

That's more or less it; the Power siblings (they are the children of Professor James Power - apparently no relation to the villain Anthony Power aka Professor Power) got their powers from a dying alien, a Kymellian called Aelfyre Whitemane, whom the kids call Whitey. They also got a cool sentient spaceship ("smartship") called Friday from him. The Kymellians are basically a race of anthropoid space ponies, the series' (reptilian) main vilains from outer space were called the Snarks (so in the basic setup you have references to Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark" and to Robert A. Heinlein's novel "Friday").

At the beginning of the series the kids were all pre-adolescent (Alex, the oldest, was eleven or twelve, if memory serves, and Katie, the youngest, five), so they came from an age-group that at that point was hardly represented at all in Marvel Comics, and many of the typical aspects of teenagers in superhero comics - teenage angst, soap-operatic romantic subplots - are noticeable by their absence. The series otherwise was grounded in the reality of the Marvel Universe, and since shortly the Power Pack gained their powers, they moved to New York from their native Virginia, they interacted quite a bit with other New York-based superheroes and villains. Franklin Richards for a time became their semi-official fifth member, and the Morlock story from Power Pack #12 was followed up with a guest appearance of the Power kids in Uncanny X-Men #195.

I recall that I was very sceptic about the title when I saw the ads - I was unaware that Louise Simonson, the writer, was identical with former X-Men editor Louise Jones, also thought that the basic concept of pre-pubescent superheroes was crazy, and thought the name Power Pack sounded more like an advertisement for batteries than a superhero team (this impression was reinforced by Katie's codename, Energizer) - but was soon won over by the quality of Louise Simonson's writing and June Brigman's art.

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