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America’s Got Powers # 4 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch

Written by Arion on Wednesday, February 06 2013 and posted in Reviews

Everyone believed Tommy Watts was Earth’s most powerful teenager. They were wrong. Tommy Watts has but one ability: to give powers to those who never had them. After being kidnapped by a group of young renegades, one of his captors hits him over and over again, in a futile attempt to awaken his powers. None of them knows that Tommy can’t give powers to those who already have them, he can only affect regular human beings.

Obviously, those in charge of America’s Got Powers can’t afford to lose someone as emblematic as Tommy, and they send an army of humans and a group of supermen to track him down. Although heavily action-oriented, Jonathan Ross doesn’t forget to include the elements that set this miniseries apart from regular superhero titles. The young renegades and Tommy are labeled as terrorists by the press. What is the origin of that this impasse between youth and authority? 

America’s Got Powers # 4 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch
the attack of the paladins / el ataque de los paladines

The group of power (the adults) wants to supervise the development of the adolescents identity. Nonetheless, feelings of fraudulence, desire for competency and mastery, and the vacillation between identification and individuation are common to both supervisor and adolescent. That is the source of the plot threads we find in America’s Got Powers: a paranoid fear (justified in this case), brutal competition between teens (sometimes to the death), and the search of one’s own identity. 

America’s Got Powers # 4 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch
Tommy Watts captured / Tommy Watts capturado

Bryan Hitch once again includes some truly great double page spreads, one of my favorites is the attack of several paladins (robots designed to neutralize a superhuman) on a an unsuspecting child; the other one shows us the army of supermen that are now in pursuit of Tommy, this is a very dynamic and colorful illustration. Hitch also does an amazing job with Tommy’s face, bruised and bleeding profusely. Finally, the confrontation between the young rebels and the conservative heroes is top notch.

Todos creían que Tommy Watts era el adolescente más poderoso de la Tierra. Estaban equivocados. Tommy Watts tiene una sola habilidad: darle poderes a quienes nunca los tuvieron. Después de ser secuestrado por un grupo de jóvenes renegados, uno de sus captores lo golpea una y otra vez, en un fútil intento de activar sus poderes. Ninguno de ellos sabe que Tommy no puede darle poderes a quienes ya son poderosos, él sólo puede afectar a los seres humanos normales.

America’s Got Powers # 4 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch
the hunt begins / la cacería comienza

Obviamente, los que están a cargo de "America’s Got Powers" no pueden darse el lujo de perder a alguien tan emblemático como Tommy, y envían un ejército de humanos y un grupo de superhombres para rastrearlo. Aunque hay mucha acción, Jonathan Ross no olvida incluir elementos que colocan esta serie por encima de los títulos heroicos comunes. Los jóvenes renegados y Tommy son calificados como terroristas por la prensa. ¿Cuál es el origen de este impasse entre la juventud y la autoridad?

America’s Got Powers # 4 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch
the confrontation / la confrontación

El grupo de poder (los adultos) quiere supervisar el desarrollo de la identidad de los adolescentes. No obstante, los sentimientos de fraudulencia, el deseo de la competencia y el dominio, y la vacilación entre la identificación y la individuación son comunes tanto en el supervisor como en el adolescente. Este es el origen de los hilos argumentales de America’s Got Powers: un miedo paranoico (justificado en este caso), competencia brutal entre los jóvenes (a veces hasta la muerte) y la búsqueda de la identidad propia.

Bryan Hitch una vez más incluye algunas páginas dobles de primer nivel, una de mis favoritas es el ataque de varios paladines (robots diseñados para neutralizar a un súper-humano) a un niño inocente; la otra muestra al ejército de superhombres que están buscando a Tommy, esta es una ilustración muy dinámica y colorida. Hitch también hace un asombroso trabajo con el golpeado rostro de Tommy, que sangra profusamente. Finalmente, la confrontación entre los jóvenes rebeldes y los héroes conservadores es tremenda.


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