Power Lines #1

Writer: Jimmie Robinson Artist: Jimmie Robinson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 30, 2016 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 4
7.5Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

"Street Hero"
A local street hood surviving in a crime-infested ghetto has his life turned around when an ancient magic grants him superhuman powers-except his ability only activates in an upscale white community that may not accept him.

Gritty, racially charged street-wise drama!

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Sammy Rendon Apr 5, 2016

    A great start to a complex story. Power Lines offers a great social commentary with a comic book twist. The potential of this book is very high! A must read Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Mar 30, 2016

    If you're interested in getting involved with Jimmie Robinson or just looking for an awesome new pick up, I'll recommend this book 10 times over. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Mar 31, 2016

    'Power Lines' is a unique and important series that uses familiar superhero tropes to inform about the real world. Robinson is blazing a trail mixing real issues with fantastical supernatural powers in a premiere issue that teases at darker forces. It raises some questions and places a person of color in the limelight for once. 'Power Lines' is definitely worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Mar 29, 2016

    "Power Lines #1" is a super-hero origin story that benefits form the timeliness of its exploration of race in America, giving us a protagonist from a segment of society that tis underrepresented in super-hero comics, even while delivering compelling concepts and classic super-hero thrills. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) Apr 3, 2016

    Jimmie Robinson seems willing and eager to meet his readership on their "home turf" to start that conversation and to acknowledge the beliefs and opinions of those who disagree with him. That's both gutsy and mature. And so is the series he's created here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 31, 2016

    I can tell that this series is going to be a good one. Not only is it written in the cleverest of manners, but it makes the reader(s) think about more than just the storyline. Any book that is capable of doing that is okay by me. For anyone interested in social issues, this is a great book for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - John Wallace Mar 29, 2016

    Overall, this was a well-paced comic with an interesting concept, revealing just enough to pique your interest and draw you into the next issue. If it manages to escape the racial distortions and exaggerations that can attack equally from the dark streets of the ghetto and the bright wide boulevards of suburbia, then this is a series that could have some serious legs. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Mar 29, 2016

    Power Lines might not always be a wholly original debut, but it is nevertheless an important one. Robinson throws out some intriguing plot points that warrant further investigation, and it's clear that there's a deeper mythology that he is itching to explore. It's a tough criticism, but Power Lines does suffer in comparison with Robinson's superb work of the last few years, but perhaps that it is because it doesn't slap you in the face with its uniqueness just yet. Then again, the social relevancy and racial issues that the book raises before you even open the cover will be as faraway a world as The Empty for a number of readers, and if Robinson can put those issues on the readers' agenda in a lovingly illustrated superhero origin, then Power Lines may yet have a few surprises up its sleeve. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Eli Funaro Apr 9, 2016

    Overall, Power Lines is an interesting first issue. It is directly taking on America's historical problem with racism and inequality. The art is simple yet effective to convey the themes of racism and the effects of racial economic injustices. This comic is diverse with multi ethnic characters that seem to be the center of the conflict. The stereotypes may be over the top, and some may even find them offensive, but they are sure to cause a reaction. And maybe that's the point. Maybe we need to have a discussion. Racism is a problem that might make some uncomfortable. But a problem cannot be solved unless we acknowledge that one exists. And this comic succeeds in that case. Power Lines is definitely not afraid to admit that racism still alive. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 30, 2016

    If nothing else, Power Lines #1 shows plenty of potential. This isn't merely another addition to the ever-crowded superhero market, but a book that combines many disparate elements into one ambitious package. Unfortunately, Power Lines won't achieve its full potential without a more compelling and fully realized cast of characters to anchor the conflict. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jordan Claes Mar 30, 2016

    It may not sound like it but I do have hope for Power Lines in the coming issues. I have a feeling that something larger may be afoot and perhaps I am just too close at the moment to see what is right in front of my face. There is a good foundation being laid but Robinson has a long way to go to make up for what was a somewhat dismal first issue. I'll be eager to see if any adjustments or tweaks are made as he continues onward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Apr 9, 2016

    Jimmie Robinson was probably one of the first creators I binged on their work in my return to comics a few years back. His book Bomb Queen is a raunchy, irreverent, dark and insane story that drew me in right away. Maybe it was because it was some of the first modern Image Comics stuff I had read, or because of the very blunt sexualized manner of the Bomb Queen, or the way the story turned super heroes on their ear by giving the bad girl the led role, and making her actually charismatic (if not a little off-putting). Power Lines reads like a spiritual history lesson AND a morality tale about race, equality and our society's love of being hateful judgmental and segregationist. This is a gorgeous book, and it sets up the power lines origin so well, and even had a reveal of the second super powered person that really genuinely surprised me. There is still a lot of mystery left in this book, and we truly have no idea what these people are capable of doing with these newfound powers, be it good or bad. This first issue is fantastic, and I hope lots of people are picking up Jimmie Robinson's Power Lines.

  • 2.0
    Synthozoid Apr 2, 2016

    Poor artwork with almost no backgrounds. Hokey story with weak dialog. Cheap plot devices: Let's go get my stolen purse without the cops because my phone case has sentimental value? You couldn't have thought up a better way to get these two together? This book could have said and meant a lot, it doesn't.

  • 7.5
    Szack23 Mar 31, 2016

  • 6.5
    Soyner Aug 24, 2016

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