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America’s Got Powers # 6 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch

Written by Arion on Friday, August 23 2013 and posted in Blog
America’s Got Powers # 6 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch
Tommy has dreamed such dreams… Dreams of power, glory and ecstasy. In his dreams, San Francisco is no longer the city we’ve visited or seen in movies, now it’s a place inhabited by superhumans. Everyone has extraordinary abilities and powers, and somehow, instead of chaos, a nice and cordial coexistence is made possible.

But what does it mean to dream about a peaceful life? In a way, perhaps, Jonathan Ross reinterprets the interactive processes between the teenager and the powerful adult in charge. Both teens and grownups convey to one another a continual flow of verbal and –an even more influential–non-verbal information. 

Subsequently, Tommy’s dilemma is born out of this dialectical interaction. Though mutually influential, he elucidates how such processes do not obfuscate, but rather redefine, his neutrality. But can he be neutral in the most important battle of history? Can he remain neutral when his power is sufficient to create a new race of superhumans capable of obliterating every major city on Earth? 

Perhaps the US Government is working too hard to "fix" the adolescent; and this inadvertently undermines respect and ultimately leads to an empathic failure. Tommy’s most important link to the world is his mother and his brother. 

This is a primary maternal preoccupation, similar to Donald Winnicott’s evocative term describing the powerful mother-infant bond. Can the protracted experience of empathic attunement be a mutative factor in these relationships? Tommy doesn’t know, and we don’t know. But as soon as the US government starts bombarding San Francisco, Tommy will have to figure it all out. The survival of his family is in his hands.
America’s Got Powers # 6 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch

Bryan Hitch continues with the tradition of great double page spreads. We have a panoramic view of the San Francisco streets crowded with superpowered people. But whenever more violent actions or more intimate moments take place, Hitch’s art continues to shine. 

This is the sixth issue of the miniseries. In issue # 7 everything will come to an end. I can’t wait to see what happens then. And I’m sure I’m not the only one impatient to read the conclusion.
America’s Got Powers # 6 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch

America’s Got Powers # 6 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch

Tommy ha tenido esos sueños... Sueños de poder, gloria y éxtasis. En sus sueños, San Francisco ya no es la ciudad que hemos visitado o visto en películas, ahora es un lugar habitado por superhumanos. Todos tienen poderes y habilidades extraordinarias, y de algún modo, en lugar de un caos, ha sido posible una coexistencia agradable y cordial.

Pero ¿qué significa soñar con una vida pacífica? De algún modo, tal vez, Jonathan Ross reinterpreta el proceso interactivo entre el adolescente y el poderoso adulto al mando. Tanto los jovencitos como los adultos trasmiten un pulso constante de información verbal y no-verbal.

En consecuencia, el dilema de Tommy nace de esta interacción dialéctica. Aunque de influencia mutua, él comprueba que semejantes procesos no ofuscan, sino más bien redefinen su neutralidad. ¿Pero puede ser neutral en la batalla más importante de la historia? ¿Puede permanecer neutral cuando su poder es suficiente para crear una nueva raza de superhumanos con capacidad para arrasar las más grandes ciudades de la Tierra?

Tal vez el gobierno de Estados Unidos está trabajando al máximo para "arreglar" al adolescente; y esto de manera inadvertida socaba el respeto y en última instancia lleva a un fracaso de la empatía. El vínculo más importante de Tommy con el mundo es su madre y su hermano. 

America’s Got Powers # 6 - Jonathan Ross Bryan Hitch
my drawing / mi dibujo

Esta es una preocupación primariamente maternal,  similar al término que Donald Winnicott evoca para describir el poderoso vínculo madre-hijo. ¿Puede la prolongada experiencia de sintonía empática ser un factor cambiante en estas relaciones? Tommy no lo sabe, nosotros tampoco. Pero apenas el gobierno de Estados Unidos empieza a bombardear San Francisco, Tommy tendrá que descifrar todo esto. La sobrevivencia de su familia está en sus manos.

Bryan Hitch continúa con la tradición de las grandiosas páginas dobles. Tenemos una vista panorámica de las calles de San Francisco atiborradas de gente súper-poderosa. Pero cuando hay acción más violenta o momentos más íntimos, el arte de Hitch continúa brillando.

Este es el sexto número de la miniserie. En el # 7 todo llegará a su fin. No puedo esperar a ver qué es lo que pasará. Y estoy seguro que no soy el único que está impaciente por leer la conclusión.

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