Monday 4 May 2015

C.O.W.L Volume 1 Principles of Power

Finished May 4
C.O.W.L. Volume 1 Principles of Power by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel, art by Rod Reis

This is the first volume in a series of graphic novels based around C.O.W.L., the Chicago Organized Workers League, the world's first superhero labor union.
The year is 1962, and as the novel begins the last of the "Six", the biggest group of villains with superpowers is defeated. The city believes this is an opportunity to decrease funding, and the public is disillusioned by the behaviour of some of the group.
As we see inside, we realize that the leadership isn't as dedicated to good as its public persona says, and there is unrest within the ranks. These are humans, despite their superpowers and they have feelings, they make bad decisions, and they don't like being dumped on.
Not all the group is likeable, and there is definitely some questionable behaviour. It will be interesting to see what the subsequent volumes bring in terms of plot.

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