Review: ‘Project Superpowers’

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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13 Responses

  1. Rick Taylor says:

    Hmmm,Kinda like Kingdom Come where outside of the pivotal cast we are introduced to the dozens of characters who stand around looking heroic and redesigned with little explaination of who they are or what they do besides fight.Pretty looking, dull reading.

  2. Dave says:

    Thanks for this review. I had this book on my wishlist due to my liking of the creators. However the writing sounds very sloppy and this book appears to be far inferior to what I expect from those involved. You've saved me some money – or at least redirected it to another title.

  3. Marc Alan Fishman says:

    I purchased this series and Marvel's answer to it, The Twelve. The Twelve knocked this horrid book out of the water. Alex Ross is a talented painter, but left to his own devices, leads these bloated projects into the middle of nowhere. The interiors are muddy and dull. The POV character is just an unlikeable Norman McCay… and the whole "Evil Corp of the Dynamic Family" is just boring. I'd recommend The Twelve for a true "fish out of water" experience, using golden age heroes. To Mr. Ross and Kruger, I say this as one of your fans no soured by my spending on this series: return to what made you great.It's one thing to be called "the 500 pound gorilla of comics"… it's another to abuse that power.

    • Rick Taylor says:

      I think that answers the question as to why Mark Waid chose not to do a Kingdom Come sequel.

    • Paul1963 says:

      Having read both Project Superpowers and The Twelve, I'd have to agree that The Twelve is the superior work (hey, it's been a while since the last issue of The Twelve, hasn't it?). The characters are much better defined as characters and the art reads a lot better.

  4. Delmo Walters Jr. says:

    I bought this series as it was being released. It's a shame Sandowski couldn't draw the whole series as he is a much better artist than Carlos Paul. I hate the whole "we're going to print and color it from the pencils" thing. This book needs an inker! Don't like the coloring either. One aspect of this I wish someone would've reported on, or could report on if it's still ongoing, is that AC Comics has taken issue with Alex Ross & Dynamite over the rights of some of the characters used. Meanwhile, Erik Larsen used some of these characters in a recent issue of Savage Dragon and supposedly plans on doing one shots on some of them.

    • Marc Alan Fishman says:

      The whole "color from the pencil" technique can be done well… I mean Alex did an AMAZING job on his Kingdom Come special issue, in my opinion. But this book's art suffered from Ross's strong conceptual work and amazing costume design (things he excels at) being funneled though less than talented hands. Concerning Mark Waid's "the Kingdom" special… well, some things just plain don't need prequels.

  5. mike weber says:

    A handful survived through the changes in publishing and most of the others were consigned to the second hand shops and the vault of memory.And Don Markstein's Toonopedia.