Review: The Four Points #2

It's nice reading a comic book with four women as the main characters, who spend no time talking about the guys they're into. The Planateers, I mean Points, sorry they really do remind me of Captain Planet a lot, seek out their fourth member of the group, Aspen (handily sharing the name of the comic imprint). Aspen is introduced as a goddess who has become a scientist above the water and a warrior under it. This ticks a lot of cliches as does a lot of this script. Some of the situations that should be fresh and interesting especially in a second issue, come across as generic. In order to recruit Aspen Matthews they abduct her by electrocuting her with lightning powers. This is not a very fresh take on a recruitment story, nor does it seem like it would inspire the person to join. Yet, by the end of the issue she does.

The-Four-Points-#2-1One problem I have with this comic is the unsubstantiated nature of the groups powers. In this issue two of the girls mention how powerful the other is. It seems like they are dialing the powers up to 11 to make it more interesting. Instead it makes me worry as to where they will take it, as only the baddest of bad guys will pose any kind of a threat... #supermanproblems.

There is a strange dialogue that ensues when two of the girls meet their (I assume) nemesis. The dialogue skips over a lot of things, It goes something like this: Bad Guy 'My name is War', one of the Four Points "oh so you must have brought everyone back to life and fight us, you're a jerk." I mean she's right but it seems like a bit of a leap in dialogue.

This issue is nice to look at and any time one of the girls uses her powers it is beautifully illustrated. Though I would take slight issue with the fact that the artist or writer has fallen into the age-old trap of giving all the girls the same body shape with different hair and skin tone. It would be nice to see one of them as less buxom or (god-forbid) heavier, or shorter.

Score: 2/5

The Four Points #2 Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Jordan Gunderson Colorist: Valentino Pinto Publisher: Aspen Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 5/20/15 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital