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Power Pack Issue Reviews: 1 / 15

Author: Dan Wilson and Brian Alan Smith
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Updated: no later than 1998

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 Cover, Issue #1

Power Pack:
Issues 1-5


Cover, Issue #1, by Brigman and Wiacek, Copyright 1984, Marvel Entertainment Group.


1: Power Play. Written by Louise Simonson. Penciled by June Brigman. Inked by Bob Wiacek.

Very tightly plotted. Within the first five pages of a 48-page comic (36 pages, after ads) we get the personalities and motivations of every principal character in the book. The only thing we don't get right away is how the four Power kids get their powers, and when we DO get that, that's done well, too. The kids have to stumble around to find their powers, and, in the process, very believably destroy an enemy spaceship.
Rating: Four stars

2:
Butter Fingers. Written by Louise Simonson. Penciled by June Brigman. Inked by Bob Wiacek.

The standard "catch-up" issue for people who might have missed Issue #1. Still, more than enough nice moments, including the debut of the costumes, and page 14, done almost entirely in shadow-art. Notable script moments include the very malicious debut of Carmody, and Jack's attempt to talk the team out of trouble (Katie: "I saw Star Wars too, dummy. It didn't work for Han Solo, either!")
Rating: Four stars

3.
Kidnapped! Written by Louise Simonson. Penciled by June Brigman. Inked by Bob Wiacek.

Something of a slowdown from the first two issues. The issue is less of a team effort, and focuses more on Jack, who discovers his shrinking power in this issue. Although nothing at all is made of it, this issue is also the debut of the kids' bottomless, dimensional-gateway pockets (Julie pulls an apple out of a form-fitting suit)
Rating: Three stars

4.
Rescue! Written by Louise Simonson. Penciled by June Brigman. Inked by Bob Wiacek.

The Jack-Katie relationship gets explored a bit in this issue, which features the kids desperately trying to free their parents, and themselves, from the Snarks. The kids spend a lot of time looking for a tooth Katie loses, which would normally seem to be something of a drag on an issue, but the Kymellian coin Katie gets for it (in lieu of a Tooth Fairy in outer space) proves to have sinister ramifications later.
Rating: Three and 1/2 stars

5.
Homecoming! Written by Louise Simonson. Penciled by Mary Wilshire. Inked by Bob Wiacek.

An action-packed transition issue. In short order, the Powers return to Earth, have an adventure that sets up their future conflicts with Carmody, and establish how they get from a beach house to New York City, where the action is. Hints (which cause debate for months) are dropped that the parents know about the kids' powers.
Rating: Three stars

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