Image Comics' latest new series sees Bomb Queen creator Jimmie Robinson tackle a superhero story full of racial tension and ancient mysticism.
Based on Image's solicitation of this issue, readers might go into Power Lines #1 expecting a racially charged comedy about a young black man who gains super-powers and battles crime and prejudice in a suburb full of affluent white families. But despite that solicitation, and despite Jimmie Robinson's work on the very raunchy and comedy-driven Bomb Queen, Power Lines is a surprisingly serious book with a lot on its mind. While the characterization in this first issue is a bit suspect, there are enough interesting ideas at work to warrant a look.
Robinson sets the larger than life tone for the series right away as the narration explores the history of race relations in America and the existence of mystical, strength-bestowing "power lines" surrounding a particular area in California. This material dovetails into a more grounded sort of conflict, as series protagonist D-Trick and his friends drive to the suburbs for a night of theft and graffiti tagging. This in turn puts D-Trick in conflict with a military veteran named Kevin, whose mother is none too happy about being robbed. Throw in some mystical tomfoolery and Native American prophecies and you have quite the odd little comic.
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