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 Issue #39 Cover

Power Pack:
Issues 37-41


Cover, Issue #39, by Potts, Bogdanove and Barta, Copyright 1988, Marvel Entertainment Group.


 

Power Pack: Issues 37-41



37: Seeing the Light! Written by Louise Simonson. Penciled by Sal Velluto. Inked by Stan Drake, with backgrounds by Don Hudson.

The Powers have to rescue young Rebecca Littlehale...from herself. A young mutant whose powers are just developing, Rebecca is cursed with the power to always teleport to the brightest light in her field of vision. Simonson takes this very public, un-hidable power and contrasts it with the concerns of the Power kids, who are pondering telling their parents about their powers again. Julie even leaves her parents a note when they leave to save Rebecca, saying, "We have super powers" to explain their absence.
Rating: Two and 1/2 stars

38:
Little Bo Peep has Lost her Sheep. Written by Julianna Jones. Penciled by Sal Velluto. Inked by Stan Drake, with backgrounds by Don Hudson.

A somewhat forgettable fill-in issue, mainly because the subject of gangs was covered more seriously in the "Grim 'n' Gritty Period". Julie and her friends get slapped around by three teenaged women who steal their money and the stuffed dolls they made in a sewing class. The catch in this issue is, the Powers wind up trying to defeat these three, normal punks, without letting on that they're four kids with super-powers. Of course, they succeed, Julie gets her stuffed sheep back (hence the title) and everyone's happy.
Rating: Two stars

39:
Lights, Camera, Action! Written by Louise Simonson. Penciled by Sal Velluto. Inked by Mark Farmer.

This issue, the followup to issue 37, shows that two plots are being introduced at once: the introduction of Rebecca, and the return of Carmody as the armored Bogey Man. Rebecca becomes a media sensation with her power, and attracts the attention of Carmody, who has already begun his renewed harassment of the Power kids. Before the issue's done, Rebecca's house is destroyed, she and her dog are kidnapped by Carmody, and the Power kids are grounded again when Carmody slips incriminating pictures under the door. Alex disintegrates all but one, showing the kids standing on a ledge preparing to don their costumes...not enough to give them away, but enough to get them in trouble.
Rating: Three stars

40:
Fire with Fire. Written by Louise Simonson. Penciled by Sal Velluto. Inked by Gerry Talaoc.

Louise Simonson's last issue. Rebecca gets her superhero name -- Lighttracker (technically, she's Lighttrakker with two "k"'s, but forgive me if I take a creative liberty with a character who's never been seen again.) The New Mutants get together with Power Pack to defeat the Bogey Man and rescue Rebecca. The main thing to note about the plot of this issue is Illyana (Magik) Rasputin's fit of rage against Carmody; when Mirage summons a vision (in order to distract Carmody) of his greatest desire, it's the sight of mutant graves buried under piles of money. Magik banishes him to Limbo for that, which is, of course, a bad idea, right before the big Inferno crossover in two issues.
Rating: Two and 1/2 stars

41:
Smokeout. Written by Steve Heyer. Penciled by Sal Velluto. Inked by Stan Drake.

A mish-mosh fill-in issue before the next big story arc. Try to follow all this: Alex wants to join a secret club, but all the members smoke. He tries to stop them, after being encouraged by an old groundskeeper named Yancy. Meanwhile, a building owner who works with gun runners is ordered to burn down his own building to get the fire insurance money to repay them. You're supposed to take these premises as a backdrop for Alex's stomach, which hurts a lot in this issue because he's so hurt by the prob lems of the world. The issue ends when Alex's stomach stops hurting (he learns to care about people again) and the arsonist-landowner dies from smoking, proving that smoking is bad. There are just too many lessons here, and it's too hard to be convinced by any of them.
Rating: One and 1/2 stars

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