Power Up #1

Power Up #1

Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Matt Cummings Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: July 22, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 2
7.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

It has been foretold that four noble warriors of incredible strength would be gifted with cosmic abilities at a moment of planetary alignment...which, yeah, something definitely went wrong here. Amie is a disaffected twentysomething with a lot of attitude, Kevin is a washed-up athlete way past his prime, Sandy's a mother of two teenagers, and Silas...is a goldfish. Just a normal goldfish. Are we sure we read that prophecy right?

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Jul 22, 2015

    Overall, I was impressed with this first issue. It was highly fun and although it may start off a little typical, the characters inside make this a totally new hero story. I can't wait to see them all get together, but more importantly I can't wait to see them in full uniform. It really gets you pumped for those superhero moments again! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Kelly Richards Jul 23, 2015

    With a strong and engaging start to the series, Power Up#1 looks to leave readers cursing the wait until issue 2. Fun and funny, Leth and Cummings have hit all the right notes and created something truly charming and I cant wait to see where they take it. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Project-Nerd - Anne Jun 29, 2016

    Overall, Power Up is fantastic. It's got action, humor, and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. As an extra-special bonus, the characters are a diverse bunch of people, from lovably-round, brown-skinned Amie and the gay couple who are her friends and neighbors, to tan, athletic bachelor Kevin (who seems pretty comfortable straying from strict gender norms), to white, middle-aged, mother-of-two Sandy. Seriously, if you haven't already gone to get yourself a copy, what are you waiting for?! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Jul 21, 2015

    This week's first issue gets the series off to a solid start. For fans of all ages who like Steven Universe or Adventure Time, or for those of us who grew up on magical girl shows like Sailor Moon, Power Up is a fun book you won't regret adding to your list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Russell Troxel Jul 23, 2015

    Power Up is slated to be a six-issue story, but hopefully it will continue beyond that, because it is telling a story that is just too great to end in another five issues. Hopefully, Leth and Cummings will be motivated to continue the story of these four misfit guardians after the first series is done. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jul 22, 2015

    “Power Up” #1 is not going to be for everyone. It's looking at a very specific audience but since comics are for everyone, that's fine. Fans of Kate Leth are going to find a lot to enjoy here and younger, tween and teen readers should be guided to this book by local comic shops and parents. There's a nice amount of representation within the cast of characters and the tone is light with just enough action to keep even the most impatient reader engaged. “Power Up” #1 is a blast and I can't wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 23, 2015

    This first issue is a good start, though a little slow to get the ball rolling and flesh out the rest of the main cast considering this is only a six-issue comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Jul 21, 2015

    The scene jumps are a little confusing, but given that I read this digitally, I'm hoping that these are page turns that make use of the action of turning the page to demonstrate time. Otherwise they give the story a feel with cuts that work better in animation than in comics. However, the story is strong enough that it helps me get over those scene changes. The first page also poses a problem for me, as it seems so cryptic that it makes the story confusing as an opener. It also is rendered in such a colorful and celestial way, that it almost doesn't match the rest of the story. Given how well the story works, though, it doesn't bother me as much as it would from a lesser comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - elanabrooklyn Jul 22, 2015

    Who knows, may be the magical girls will come together and organize a union like the Retail Action Project does. That would be truly heroic! Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jason Graham Jul 23, 2015

    It has been foretold that four noble warriors of incredible strength would be gifted with cosmic abilities at a moment of planetary alignment...which, yeah, something definitely went wrong here. Amie is a disaffected twentysomething with a lot of attitude, Kevin is a washed-up athlete way past his prime, Sandy's a mother of two teenagers, and Silas...is a goldfish. Just a normal goldfish. Are we sure we read that prophecy right? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Jul 23, 2015

    "Power Up," though, is still a fun and enjoyable book, and Kate Leth and Matt Cummings are having a ball creating this world and the characters. This comicis welcoming and embracing, if a little more narratively loose than it ought to be, and even if everything seems familiar, it bears enough of its own personality to make you want to see how it plays out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 25, 2015

    Power Up #1 is an OK start to this mini-series, but for me, it just doesn't go far enough. The characters seem fun, and the world seems cool, but Leth and NAME lost me during the big fight scene and then didn't really stick the landing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason K Jul 29, 2015

    Though the first issue feels a little slight, and is slow to establish anything but a few aspects of it's story, it's enough to make you stick with it for the second issue. The draw being to see how these people from vastly different backgrounds and with little in common, eventually come together as a team. As with the aforementioned comparison to "Steven Universe", one of the most important and inventive elements was the shows slow burn, as it took it's time to world-build and establish its mythos. An approach that "Power Up" will hopefully employ in it's issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Have-A-Peg Pete Jul 24, 2015

    Hmmm" I can't say I'm very tempted to keep reading. There are light-reads and then there are just silly reads. It is however only a 6-parter so if you're a younger reader or not looking to make a lengthy commitment, you may like it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jul 23, 2015

    The tone of the series is reaching for the fun, anything-goes style of the writer's work on the "Adventure Time" comic series but winds up a little too unfocused to be a satisfying experience. This is the first part of a six issue tale, so readers only have 16% of a story at the moment. Readers are still in the dark on how the inciting incident has fully affected anyone other than the fish, which is funny but not very accessible for readers. Leth is an entertaining writer and Cummings' art provides a light, fun bounce to the story, but "Power Up" still has some work to do before it steps up to "can't miss" territory. Read Full Review

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