Absolute Power #1

DC Comics

Written by Mark Waid

Art by Dan Mora

Colors by Alejandro Sanchez

Letters by Ariana Maher

The Rundown: Heroes all over the world will discover too late that there is a threat coming to them in a massive attack.

A series of attacks on superheroes across the country causes Batman and others to begin investigating. At the same time, Waller begins the next phase of her plan by flooding the media with fake videos and stories showing heroes teaming up to attack civilians. Videos that are causing fear among the population. Fear that will reveal Waller’s new allies Failsafe and the Brainiac Queen.

 As multiple heroes attempt to find the source of the disinformation framing them for horrible violence, Waller begins the next phase of her plan. A plan that will strip the heroes of their powers and abilities leaving many vulnerable as one of their own reveals that he is working for Waller.

The Story: This is a story that has been brewing for months across the DC universe and its final execution is, unfortunately, less than impressive. I really enjoy Waid’s writing and style, but everything about this storyline only works if you are willing to believe that every superhero in the DC universe is so spectacularly stupid that they never conceived of this as a possibility and that conceit takes me out of the story as it continues to unfold. It also takes everything that was unique and interesting about Waller away and reduces her to another moustache twirling villain with delusions of grandeur. As a reader and fan, I would be hard pressed to find a reason to continue this storyline beyond the spectacle because it is lacking in substance.

The Art: Dan Mora’s art is one of the only things that redeems this first issue for me. I love the visual style and the spectacle Mora brings to every action packed moment. I just wish the story was worthy of his skills.

Absolute Power #1



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