Champions 2 review

champ2016002-dc11-lrThe first issue of Champions introduced a new superhero team made up entirely of teenagers, most of which have some sort of connection to the Avengers. It showed off a fun, optimistic concept of young heroes wanting to make a positive difference in the world, preferring to avoid any kind of excessive force. This is a bit of a downtime issue, but a fun one at that.

Champions 2, written by Mark Waid, serves several functions at once. For those who aren’t familiar with most of these characters, it explains their powers quite effectively and on a couple occasions, shows some unique uses for their powers. At the same time, there are more than enough jokes, little character moments and there’s some tension between characters to keep the rest of us entertained. Probably the funniest moment comes from when the Totally Awesome Hulk demonstrates how high he can jump. The most dramatically effective moment is when Cyclops offers to join the team, and their little debate shows a very balanced set of views within the team and that they’re all more reasonable than the adults are acting in Civil War II.

The somewhat cartoonish art by Humberto Ramos works quite well for this comic’s mood, even if it won’t be for everyone. The opening spread of the team holding food over a campfire sets the scene perfectly, and the next panel is complete with a number of trees in the backgrounds, each character looking relatively relaxed, and there’s the nice touch of Nova sitting on his helmet. Facial expressions do a good job of conveying emotion, like the Hulk’s smug looks when he’s bragging or goofing off, Ms. Marvel’s often annoyed looks when others act immature, and of course Viv’s somewhat creepy emotionless face throughout most of the issue. Edgar Delgado’s colouring is also good. There’s a great balance between bright and colourful panels around the campfire, and darker panels when they move further away. There’s also great use of glow from the flames and shadows.

All in all, this is a fun comic that also does a great job at introducing each character to new readers, without boring those well versed in Marvel Comics. The tensions between a couple team members could make for some interesting conflicts, while this issue also shows some great potential for power combinations between different team members. If you’re interested in an optimistic superhero team book featuring teenagers, both well-known and relatively new, check this series out.


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3 Responses to Champions 2 review

  1. Pingback: Comics of November 2, 2016 and Nanowrimo 2016 thoughts | healed1337

  2. Paul Bowler says:

    Great review! Champions has been like a breast of fresh air, I love the dynamic between the characters, and the story and art have been very good. Lots of potential here for the future.


  3. xmenxpert says:

    This is fun, but it has some problems. It’s odd that Waid spends half an issue going over power sets. Also, he writes Cho as an absolutely insufferable jerk. He’s a jerkass jock, and that’s stupid. I’m also not sold on his voice for Viv. So, yeah, I do have some problems with the issue, even if it is mostly fun.

    I do still hate Ramos’ art.


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