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DC POWER #1: A Celebration of Black Excellence in Comics

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DC Power #1 by N.K. Jemisin, Shawn Martinbrough, Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Alitha Martinez, Lamar Giles, Jarrett Williams, John Ridley, Greg Burnham, Deron Bennett, and Brandon Thomas (Writers), Jamal Campbell, Tony Akins & Moritat, Asiah Fulmore, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Edwin Galmon, Jahnoy Lindsay, Khary Randolph and Serg Acuna (Artist), Mark Morales, Anthony Fowler JR, and John Stanisci (Inker), Ruth Redmond, Romulo Fajardo JR, Dj Chavis, Andrew Dalhouse, Edwin Galmon, and Christopher Sotomayor (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letters) (Credit DC Comics. Cover by Chase Conley.)

Creative Team: N.K. Jemisin, Shawn Martinbrough, Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Alitha Martinez, Lamar Giles, Jarrett Williams, John Ridley, Greg Burnham, Deron Bennett, and Brandon Thomas (Writers), Jamal Campbell, Tony Akins & Moritat, Asiah Fulmore, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Edwin Galmon, Jahnoy Lindsay, Khary Randolph and Serg Acuna (Artist), Mark Morales, Anthony Fowler JR, and John Stanisci (Inker), Ruth Redmond, Romulo Fajardo JR, Dj Chavis, Andrew Dalhouse, Edwin Galmon, and Christopher Sotomayor (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letters) Cover by Chase Conley.

DC Power #1:

DC Power is a beautiful collection of stories celebrating black excellence across the DC Universe. There are ten stories telling tales of heroism and wonder as we explore the incredible heroes that magnificently drive the Universe. Representation matters, and DC Power is here to showcase this. From Sojourner “Jo” Mullein (Green Lantern) to Val Zod we get to witness and celebrate greatness across the galaxy.

The Art:

There is a foreword to this story that discusses how, in some comic books, characters of color are drawn all the same shade or share the same features. The thing I love about this collection is that every artist breaks that mold. Every person drawn in this issue has so much detail and individual character that it’s hard to pick one favorite. The vibrant colors showcased in every page and panel, the expressions, whether mad or sad, and everything in between, were drawn and colored with love and passion. There is a page in Pit Stop that showcases Martian Manhunter and a multitude of other characters that blends together extremely satisfyingly ad visually that if I could hang it on my wall I would in a heartbeat. All in all the art is a massive standout for this collection of stories everyone should come forward and take a bow.

DC Power #1 by N.K. Jemisin, Shawn Martinbrough, Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Alitha Martinez, Lamar Giles, Jarrett Williams, John Ridley, Greg Burnham, Deron Bennett, and Brandon Thomas (Writers), Jamal Campbell, Tony Akins & Moritat, Asiah Fulmore, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Edwin Galmon, Jahnoy Lindsay, Khary Randolph and Serg Acuna (Artist), Mark Morales, Anthony Fowler JR, and John Stanisci (Inker), Ruth Redmond, Romulo Fajardo JR, Dj Chavis, Andrew Dalhouse, Edwin Galmon, and Christopher Sotomayor (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letters) (Credit DC Comics. Cover by Chase Conley.)

The Writing:

I did not have a crowd-shaming Condiment King on my bingo card, but I’d be lying if I didn’t laugh my tail off. Cheryl Lynn Eaton brings humor to her story while we get a crisis of faith in Pure Blackness. Every writer sought to tell a different story. Each may have a different theme, yet something about the way they are written seems to flow so expertly. I mean we get the Amazonian Queen Nubia in her stoic seriousness and then follow it up with Kid Flash playing basketball powerless showing the neighborhood kids he is just like them at the end of the day.

Overall:

DC Power #1 is a celebration, a block party. It’s a stunning melting pot of heroic stories that bring out emotion and strength and tell a powerful story. We all wish we grew up with superpowers or abilities, and this issue shows that heroes can be anybody. I hope this is a comic that every kid grabs regardless of skin color because we can all learn from it. I loved this collection, and I loved how we visited heroes that don’t shine nearly enough.

10 stories 10 out of 10 stars for me.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review! If you enjoyed this please head to http://linktr.ee/hopsgeeknews to find all of my reviews. You can find me and my partner in crime, Lauren, at Megacon February 1-4. Come say hi!

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Hey friends! My name is Matt I am a nomadic beer and pumpkin spice enthusiast perpetually living in the fall. I cohost a podcast called Hopsgeeknews alongside Lauren where we talk comicbooks, movies, and tv shows while featuring a beer of the week! We have a passion for all of those things so check us out and enjoy my weekly comic reviews!

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