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Preview: Power Up TPB

Power Up TPB

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings
Cover Artist: Matt Cummings
Price: $19.99

It has been foretold that four noble warriors of incredible strength would be gifted with cosmic abilities at a moment of planetary alignment…which, yeah, something definitely went wrong here. Amie is a disaffected twentysomething, Kevin is a washed-up athlete past his prime, Sandy’s a mother of two teenagers, and Silas…is a goldfish. Just a normal goldfish. Are we sure we read that prophecy right? Collects the complete limited series.

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Preview: Power Up #6 (of 6)

Power Up #6 (of 6)

Imprint: BOOM! Box
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings

Final issue! Amie, Silas, Sandy, and Kevin face the biggest baddie yet!

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Preview: BOOM! Box 2015 Mix Tape

BOOM! Box 2015 Mix Tape

Imprint: BOOM! Box
Writers: John Allison, Jon Chad, Rob DenBleyker, Madeleine Flores, John Kovalic, Kate Leth, Dave McElfatrick, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Adam X Vass, Shannon Watters, and Kris Wilson
Artists: John Allison, Jon Chad, Matt Cummings, Rob DenBleyker, Madeleine Flores, John Kovalic, Dave McElfatrick, Carey Pietsch, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Adam X Vass, Kendra Wells, and Kris Wilson

We reached out to a bunch of our favorite creators with one mission in mind: to bring original, unconventional characters and stories to life. The Mix Tape is an eclectic collection of stories based on characters that are anything but your average lot. Narwhal Janitors and Urban Cowboys are just the tip of these stories that are best described as “off the beaten track.”

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Preview: Power Up #5 (of 6)

Power Up #5 (of 6)

Imprint: BOOM! Box
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings

The Corners are four warriors who have been training since birth to receive the powers from the prophecy…the powers that went to Aimee and her woefully unprepared new friends instead!

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Preview: Power Up #4 (of 6)

Power Up #4 (of 6)

Imprint: BOOM! Box
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings

Derek and Sal mistakenly get Amie’s mail with some scary consequences.

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Preview: Power Up #3 (of 6)

Power Up #3 (of 6)

Imprint: BOOM! Box
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings

The team gets together at Sandy’s house to talk secret identities, cover stories, and costumes as they try and figure out what’s going on!

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Preview: Power Up #2 (of 6)

Power Up #2 (of 6)

Imprint: BOOM! Box
Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings

A traffic jam turns into a battlefield as Amie, Sandy, Kevin, and Silas fight together as a team for the first time!

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Review: Power Up #1

PowerUp_001_A_MainYou should read Power Up.

Kate Leth has a unique place among comics creators and is a real force in comics. With her use of social media, queer feminism and community building skills she’s at the forefront of a new wave of creators and forging a path to success that others could emulate. So when I heard we were going to get her take on the “Magical Girl” genre (think Sailor Moon, the new Amethyst Princess of Gem World and stuff I can’t name because it’s manga) I was was really excited. I knew to expect an expressly feminist, queer take on a genre that is already pretty darn feminist and queer friendly.

The Magical Girl genre centers on young women with secret powers, ones that society does not understand and that are frequently very feminen-coded (think magical makeup compacts). It is a pretty subversive trope since we are usually told that girly=weak.

Leth updates this genre in so many ways. In Power Up our protagonist is a 20-something woman of color working in retail with cool purple hair and a belly. The other leads are a gold fish. And a Mom. And a male construction worker with a beard.

And they are all magical girls! 

But the thing that gets me most excited about this book is how it shows the indignities of working in retail. Our protagonist Amie works at a pet store. Her boss calls her before the crack of dawn to berate her. Her boss demands that she show up to work before she’s even on the clock lest she risk being late. Her boss doesn’t trust her judgement or intelligence and grabs her face! It’s an abusive work situation and it is completely, painfully normal.  I’m so glad a comic is showing the struggles of working people in a humorous, relatable way that simultaneously refuses to excuse her boss’s inappropriate behavior.

Who knows, may be the magical girls will come together and organize a union like the Retail Action Project does. That would be truly heroic!

Writer: Kate Leth Art: Matt Cummings
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Power Up #1 (of 6)

Power Up #1 (of 6)

Imprint: BOOM! Box

Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings

It has been foretold that four noble warriors of incredible strength would be gifted with cosmic abilities at a moment of planetary alignment…which, yeah, something definitely went wrong here. Amie is a disaffected twentysomething with a lot of attitude, Kevin is a washed-up athlete way past his prime, Sandy’s a mother of two teenagers, and Silas…is a goldfish. Just a normal goldfish. Are we sure we read that prophecy right?

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Kate Leth and Matt Cummings Power Up in a New Series

BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is delighted to announce the July debut of Power Up, a new limited series from New York Times bestselling author Kate Leth and artist Matt Cummings. Combining a deep love of Sailor Moon with the tongue-in-cheek humor of Scott Pilgrim, Power Up is the story of the most unlikely people (and goldfish) taking on the role of Magical Girl, whether they want it or not.

It has been foretold that four noble warriors of incredible strength would be gifted with cosmic abilities at a moment of planetary alignment…which, yeah, something definitely went a little weird here. Amie is a disaffected twenty-something with a lot on her plate, Kevin is a washed-up athlete way past his prime, Sandy’s a mother of two teenagers, and Silas…is a goldfish. Just a normal goldfish. Are we sure we read that prophecy right?

Power Up #1(of 6) arrives in comic shops on July 22nd with a main cover by series artist Matt Cummings for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAY151091. Also available in a limited quantity are a 10 Years incentive cover by Lucy Knisley, a retailer incentive cover by Babs Tarr, and an unlocked FOC variant cover that retailers can order in any quantity by Ian McGinty.