Power Pack #22
Issue(s): Power Pack #22
On the romance side, we have Alex's kinda-girlfriend getting upset when Alex says that he doesn't want to go to the Valentine's Day dance. He doesn't want to go because he can't dance and doesn't want to admit it.
But Alex's rival, Johnny Rival (i demand that all supporting characters be named in this way. Alison's last name should be Loveinterest.) sees an opportunity and invites Alison out to go sledding.
The Pack kids go sledding too, after, picking up Franklin at Avengers Mansion.
When Johnny causes Alison to fall off the sled, Alex doesn't make matters better with his patronizing talk.
But he accepts Johnny's dare to sled on "Suicide Hill" so that he can keep an eye on Alison.
I thought it was really cute when Alex's sister Julie explains her older brother's actions by saying that she read that teenagers "get weird and he is almost thirteen!".
On Suicide Hill, Franklin gets a precognitive vision of Alison falling into a frozen lake and drowning, so Alex jumps in and rescues her and then lets loose with his super-powers after Johnny accidentally hits Alison with a snowball.
With that, the Pack kids take off, leaving Johnny to wonder if Alex is a mutant.
Meanwhile, on the Snark side, we see the dying Emperor telling the Queen Mothers, and especially the one we've been seeing in this book, Maraud, that he's not dead yet.
Even though all Snarks are fanged lizard creatures, this is our reminder that they aren't all evil. Indeed the problem here is that the Kymellian ambassador and healer, and Power Pack friend Kofi's father, is missing, held prisoner by Maraud. Kofi is also captured this issue.
Maraud is preparing for the wars for succession that occur when a Snark emperor dies. To that end, she's bartered with "Magus's Technocrats" for reality-bender technology that allows her space cruiser to mimic other forms (in this case sticking to the Lewis Carroll theme).
Interesting to see the reference to Magus. From what i've seen of his people so far, which admittedly isn't much, they don't seem like traders or interested in gold.
Maraud's problem is that her son, who would actually be the one that took the throne if she won the succession war, never returned from his attempt to capture Power Pack. So she sends her ship to Earth.
The Snarks track Power Pack by their powers, and it's mentioned that they get static due to the other humans with powers "not unlike the Kymellians".
Also note that the reason the Snarks are interested in Power Pack is because they have the ability to transfer their powers.
It's Alex's use of powers against Johnny that allows the Snarks to hone in on them, and so after the kids drop off Franklin, the Snarks pick them up.
This issue begins Jon Bogdanove's run as artist on this book. On the cover he makes Alex look a little too young and makes Katie and Franklin look super-deformed, but i like his work on the interior. Bogdanove will eventually take over as the series' writer but that's not for a while.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Power Pack are kidnapped and taken off into space at the end of this issue. Energizer's appearance in Uncanny X-Men #205 therefore has to take place before this. Takes place while the FF are away circa Fantastic Four #289.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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