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DC Comics recently began its Rebirth; a company-wide relaunch meant to right the wrongs of their New 52 reboot and return to the roots of the DC Universe. A “soft reboot” of sorts, Rebirth, seems to be breathing life and color back into the universe, after recent criticisms that the DC movies and comics have drifted too far into the grim and gritty side of storytelling. While there is nothing wrong with trying to tell a serious, or even adult story, the problem comes from a lack of balance at DC. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are characters created for young readers, and then were pushed into “serious” territory as those readers grew up, to say that “Comics aren’t just for kids.” As a result, we’re faced with the opposite end of the problem, in that there do not seem to be enough comics aimed at children. Thankfully, we have the creative team of Art Baltazar and Franco.
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Working on kid-friendly versions of the DC Universe since the beginning of their Tiny Titans series in 2008, Art Baltazar and Franco have been working hard to provide kid-friendly comics. Tiny Titans ran for 50 issues until its conclusion in 2012, with a 6 issue follow up mini-series in 2014, while their New 52-era series, Superman Family Adventures, only ran for 12 issues. However, with DC trying to emphasize the more whimsical, ridiculous aspects of their universe, Super Powers seems like it is coming along at just the right time.
The solicitation for issue one…
Aw yeah, the World’s Greatest Heroes are back in a new, all-ages miniseries—except for Batman! Superman helps out by cleaning up in Gotham City, where he discovers a clue that sends Wonder Woman into space to find the Caped Crusader. Her journey brings her a step closer to Batman, but can she uncover the truth behind his disappearance? From the award-winning creative team that brought you TINY TITANS and SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES!
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The first issue of Super Powers is a simple, cute story focusing on Superman and Wonder Woman as they fight crime in Gotham City and look for a missing Batman. Artist and co-writer Art Baltazar has perfected his style, with crisp lines and flat, bright colors, and it matches up perfectly with the story and tone by him and co-writer Franco. A much-needed dose of fun, Super Powers #1 is a book you should absolutely be checking it out, not just for yourself, but for your children, nieces and nephews, younger siblings, and especially your inner child.
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Taking its name from a classic line of DC Comics action figures, Super Powers #1 is a lively step in the right direction for DC. With the beginning of the new Justice League Action cartoon next month on Cartoon Network, and the release of the LEGO Batman movie in February, hopefully, this is all indicators that DC is beginning to utilize what makes their universe so great. Super Powers #1 is on sale now at your local comic shop. You can also find it online at Comixology.com or in print.