Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: THE ALMIGHTIES #0 (R Rated Variant Edition)

THE ALMIGHTIES No. 0 (R Rated Variant Edition)

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITERS: Sam Johnson and Mike Gagnon
ART: Pablo Zambrano; Eleonora Kortsarz; Ron Gravelle and Fran Jung; Graham Pearce
COLORS: Jennifer Scott; Lisa Lamb; Giuseppe Pica; Miguel Marques, Nimesh Morarji
LETTERS: Kris Johnson and Jacob Bascle
COVER: Eleonora Kortsarz with Miguel Marques
24pp, Color, $2.99 U.S.

The Almighties is a superhero comic book series published by Actuality Press.  The book features characters mostly created by two individuals, Sam Johnson (who is also series editor) and Mike Gagnon.  The Almighties is a superhero comedy, but is not a parody, although it takes plenty of digs at Marvel's Avengers film series.

The Almighties #0 is written by Johnson and Gagnon with a group of pencillers, inkers, and colorists providing the art for various chapters.  The story focuses on the machinations of Joe Cyborg, who has an office in what seems to be the White House.  He wants to take the superhero team, The Almighties, and turn them into his own personal “strike force.”

To that end, Joe interviews Stefanos, a member of The Almighties, about his teammates.  So, are the werewolf, Night Fang; the Supergirl-like Mrs. F; the super-tech armored Maxi-Tron, the psychotic mercenary, Mason, and few others ready for prime time Joe Cyborg-style?

Upon first glance, The Almighties #0 does not look impressive.  The art is hit-or-miss; after all, the artist here are not masters of composition, at least not yet.  These artists' graphical storytelling, however, is quite clear, which is surprisingly not the case with quite a few books published by Diamond Distributors' “premiere” publishers.  The coloring is nice and makes the art seem to pop off the page.  Of all the artists here, Eleonora Kortsarz is the standout.  If a veteran comic book artist were to mentor her, she would be ready to draw for a major publisher in less than two years, easily.

The Almighties is surprisingly funny.  I say “surprisingly” because, at first glance, it does not look like a superhero comedy.  For the most part, Johnson and Gagnon play the superheroes straight.  The humor works because The Almighties works as a superhero comic, and at times, this story is even droll and witty – another surprise.

I guess that I'm trying to say that The Almighties #0 is more than it appears.  Don't judge a comic book by its cover because this cover captures neither the story nor the spirit of this comic book.  If the creators have the resources to keep this going, they might actually be onto something that could capture a steadily growing audience.

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Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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