Matt Reston :
Power Pack #9-10
Issue(s): Power Pack #9, Power Pack #10
This issue has Power Pack teaming up with Marrina from Alpha Flight to fight the Simonson creation Snake-Eyes.
They eventually trap the "Xanithan boulder-crusher" in a sunken ship, which Gee de-gravitizes and they tow to the arctic, where the extreme cold will force it into hybernation.
As usual, Simonson delivers a character driven series, with Alex fascinated by the science behind Snake-Eyes and reasoning out the change in Snake-Eyes' color since his previous appearance by explaining the concept of litmus paper to his siblings.
Julie has her nose in a fantasy book while the Pack children are taken to the aquarium that Snake-Eyes is being held in by their "Gramps".
And Jack... exposes himself.
This picture might get me the wrong kind of traffic, but jeez, he sure seems to get a kick out of it.
A debate begins in these issues about whether Friday is a boy or a girl, with Alex and Jack on the "boy" side of the debate and the sisters believing otherwise.
Ships are generally referred to with the female pronoun so that's what i would use, but unless there's something about Smartships we don't know, she's probably actually gender-neutral.
Marrina is down on herself after the Master's recent triggering of her inherent Plodex nature, and she calls herself a monster. The Power kids are a bit exasperated by the fact that both she and Cloak & Dagger think of themselves as monsters, and start to wonder if they themselves are also somehow monsters as well.
The team has a little scare when they're forced to use their powers at the aquarium, but the newspapers write off any eyewitness reports about strange children as hallucinations due to Snake-Eyes' hypnotic powers.
A good arc.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after the Wraith War, due to the footnote mentioned below.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
The title to #10 refers to the early 1960s TV series.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 1, 2012 2:41 PM
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