Power Pack #38
Issue(s): Power Pack #38
Julie has been working for two months in Home Ec on a stuffed sheep that she intends to give to her grandfather as a gift to remind him of "the good old days". But Julie and her friends are accosted by some bullies and Julie doesn't even try to fight back, and their stuffed animals are taken.
Julie decides to go after them using the Ghost costume she used on Sunspot.
Except it doesn't work very well.
Luckily, the rest of Power Pack show up to help.
They recover the sheep and turn over the other stolen goods to the police with a note telling where to find the bullies.
The most hilarious part of this story is Power Pack's father trying to take some credit for the gift.
Hey, dad, i didn't get you anything but my daughter made something for you in school, so that's kind of like all of us gave you a gift, right?
Like the crack house super-villain issues, this is another case where a character is colored black on the cover but not in the interior.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showEnergizer, Gee, Jim Power, Lightspeed, Margaret Power, Mass Master
Every title has its period when the original creative force is exhausted and it needs to be rejuvenated. Unfortunately in-between those periods are a lot of bad stories. Even worse is that the truly creative concepts are harder to do. With ordinary crime fighters, writers can hack it and still turn in an entertaining, if pedestrian, story. They'll be forgettable, but they can keep the title published until someone new can take the concept and run.
Other than the Snarks, the Pack doesn't have a real rogues gallery. Nor any supporting cast outside the family. There aren't many existing tools out there for others to use.
A title like Power Pack is hard in that respect. You can't take any hack story and insert it in. Worse, because it is so different, a lot of writers won't know what to do with it and pass it over (a fate even the Hulk was subjected to many times) so you are really scrapping the barrel for a writer.
Power Pack needs the right kind of touch. It's a children's adventure book. It needs the right kind of danger, but not too much. It needs adventure, whimsy, love of family, and nostalgia (for older readers). It's a higher bar. You just can't send in the Molten Man and give the kids some lumps.
Posted by: Chris | July 3, 2014 11:52 PM
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