Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Comics Review: PROJECT SUPERPOWERS: Fractured States #4


STORY: Ron Marz and Andy Lanning
ART: Emilio Utrera
COLORS: Arthur Hesli
LETTERS: Tom Napolitano
EDITOR: Brian Cunningham
COVER: Mike Rooth
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Scott Kolins; Paula Andrade; Geraldo Borges with Arthur Hesli; Rus Wooton; Geraldo Borges
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2022)

Rated Teen+

Project Superpowers was a comic book limited series published by Dynamite Entertainment beginning in January 2008.  The series resurrected many superheroes from the “Golden Age of Comics” that were originally published by now-defunct companies like Crestwood Publications, Fox Comics, and Nedor Comics.  Many of these characters were in the public domain.

The series was set on an Earth where a twentieth century conflict gave rise to the age of “the Superpowers.”  These Superpowers protected the world, especially the United States.

The characters return in the new comic book series, Project Superpowers: Fractured States Volume 1.  It is written by Ron Marz and Andy Lanning; drawn by Emilio Utrera; colored by Arthur Hesli; and lettered by Tom Napolitano.  The series is set in 2052 and finds the United States of America, post-disaster, fractured into warring regions.  Into this world, a mysterious man awakens, unkempt, naked, and abandoned in an underground base.  This “John Doe” finds the world turned upside down, but does he bring salvation … or doom?  And where are the Superpowers and can they rise again?

Project Superpowers: Fractured States Volume 1 #4 opens on Staten Island, Cyber State, 2037.  This is the story of how Samson disappeared and how the Black Terror was infected with Dynamic Man's “nano-virus.”  In the present (2052), the original Black Terror, still fighting the infection, is telling that story to his prime Black Terror trooper (Bobbi) and John Doe.

When President Gene West (the former “Futureman”) is kidnapped, the Black Terror troopers and John spring into action.  Now, they will learn the identity of the Patriot Killer, and John may face his doom.

THE LOWDOWN:  Since July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Project Superpowers: Fractured States Volume 1 #4, which is the fourth Project Superpowers comic book that I have read.

Writers Ron Marz and Andy Lanning are writing a spectacular superhero comic book, so I want to convince you, dear readers, to give this series a try.  This series blends superhero fantasy, mystery, conspiracy, and science fiction, but Fractured States #4 emphasizes action and horror.

Again, please read, Project Superpowers: Fractured States Volume 1, dear readers.  It is a really good superhero comic book.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Project Superpowers and of superhero comic books will want Project Superpowers: Fractured States Volume 1.

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” July 2022, which features an interview with writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson about his upcoming James Bond comic book series.]


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


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