Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Almighties: Origins Review


Review By Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Sam Johnson
Mike Gagnon

Art By
Pablo Zambrano
Eleonora Kortsarz
Ron Gravelle
Fran Jung
Jennifer Scott
Lisa Lamb
Giuseppe Pica

Lettering By
Kris Johnson
Jacob Bascle

Cover By
Juan Ramirez

Published By
Actuality Press

Genre
Superhero, Comedy, Action

Synopsis

The White House is getting it's very own superhero team...VERY off the record.

A former downtrodden housewife with anger issues, a mercenary with psychotic tendencies, a cocky British punk, an egomaniac, and a guy who runs a takeout.

This bunch of misfits may not sound like the ideal ingredients for a team, but The White House’s Joe Cyborg wants them!

Review

As a big fan of the hilarious 'The Almighties' issue 1, I had extremely high hopes for this addition to their mythology.  It acts as a prequel to the forthcoming issue 0 and hopes to shed a little light on a few of the characters involved.

If you are expecting a full on guts and glory superhero story told with a dead straight face then you are going to be a bit disappointed.

However, if you are a fan of the first issue then you know exactly what you are going to be in for.  A comedic story with some very funny characters and a story that tells you just enough to get you excited over the next installment.  On all those counts, this issue succeeds and more.  While the short length doesn't really give you a whole load of time to process the characters back stories, you don't really need to do that.  You get enough of a back story to flesh out the team members but that's all you really need.  I especially liked the 'A Team' reference.

What we do have here story wise is very well done and told in the same way as the original 'The Almighties' comic book so the funny and at times, cynical humor is definitely here in all it's glory.

The art here really suits the story and even, in places, has a early to mid 1990's feel to it.  The bright and flashy style here really helps to bring the story to life and the reader deep in to the action on the page.  The art work really sits nicely with the larger than life lettering as well.

All in all, this is definitely a release worth your time.  If you are a fan of 'The Almighties' already then you know what you're going to and that is a hell of a lot of fun.  Plus, it's free so what's stopping you?  And besides, how can you not love a super hero title that has a takeaway worker with a kebab as a weapon in it?

Story 7/10
Art 7/10
Cover 8/10
Recommended 8/10
Overall 30/40

'The Almighties: Origins' is available for free from here!

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