I got an email recently from Reilly Brown that Power Play, a comic he illustrates with writer Kurt Christenson, will be making a debut at New York Comic Con next week. I got a chance to see an advanced copy, and I have to say it’s very well done. Young men and women gain superpowers, but rather than learning that with great power come great responsibility, they show off their skills in super parkour and live to get tons of hits on YouTube.
Enter Mac, a full-bodied college-aged slacker who gains his powers the old school way of getting zapped by lightning. Suddenly, he finds out he can take on the properties of any material he touches. So, sorta like the Absorbing Man. He comes into contact with beer, and he starts leaking gallons of yellow fluid. His “friends” quickly see dollar signs in their eyes … and decide that he’s destined for fame and fortune in the Power Play tournament, which is extreme sports for people with superpowers.
Thus far, it’s a fun, lighthearted tale… something like the Archie gang meets TV’s Teen Titans. Some of the hip youth dialogue is kinda corny (“Oh, snap! Tentacle Bitchslap! Bam!”), but that’s part of the charm. The superheroes we meet have interesting designs: one looks a little like Mandrake the Magician, and other is an octopus in a hoodie. Who can hate that? And I admit, I have a fondness for the Ice Queen, a skimpily dressed ice skater with a Schwarzenegger-like vocabulary of cold-based puns.
Power Play is available online only at Comixology, which is currently running a free preview.