The Almighties #1
Plot: Sam Johnson
Script: Sam Johnson and Mike Gagnon
Art: Eleonora Kortsarz, Pablo Zambrano and D.C.White
On the heels of seeing the recent Avengers movie, I'm reviewing The Almighties #1, a spoof comic about a set of super-heroes that need to work together as a team in order to stop evil forces.
The set-ups and the storytelling in this book are nice. Three different artists take turns working on the pages and it's obvious but not wholly cumbersome considering they are separated by the three arcs of the story.
The Almighties are not your typical super heroes. The stand-out character, for me, was a guy named Stephanos. I liked him the most because he seemed the most fully realized character. He had strong leadership characteristics with an offbeat quirk. Ms F is supposed to be a scorned woman with super powers and it was a let down to see she was more sappy than angry, being the one to start the "no killing" rule for the team. Maxi-tron feels like he's just there to get it on with Ms. F. Mason and Nite Fang are two very macho guys who bring all the heavy muscle to the team balancing out some of the other characters. All of these guys are following their leader, a mysterious man named White Out, who seems like he's mentally not all there.
The story has a good resolution. It actually has a resolution which is great because not all books do that these days. Some of the sexual comments in the book were a little too over-the-top for my taste, but I take it with a grain of salt because it's over-the-top-meant-to-make-you-uncomfortable-kind-of-funny. As a spoof, I don't see much comparison to other books/characters/events, but this is only just the first issue. It could, also, be that the references are too subtle.
Overall, it wasn't a bad read. If you want to check out the Almighties for yourself, it's being published by Actuality Press and you can purchase your own copy through their website for $3.99 at: www.thealmighties.com