Power Pack #42: Revenge of the Boogyman

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Cover and Beer

Are y’all ready to talk about the first book of this series that my daughter just could not finish? Are you ready to talk about what is the darkest, bloodiest, creepiest issue we have seen in this “kiddie book”? Okay, then buckle up, cause it is time to ignite Inferno!

Hot City

Usually I go for a funny series of non-sequiturs or stream of conscience thoughts on the pictures, but we have to take some time to appreciate how Jon Bogdonove and Glynis Oliver just kill this book. They convey the feelings, the smell, the air and the despair with such detail.

Heat Box

We get to see every bit of suffering and torment that is inflicted on the family, not only by the city, but by the Boogeyman.

Mold Monster

The disgust and filth, and the families reaction to it all is palpable. You can feel the slime and disgust pouring off the pages. And we get a literal hell on Earth, courtesy of some demons.

Worst Nightmare

We also get to see the final form of Carmody, the Boogeyman. This pathetic former boss of James Power has finally been given his wish, to have the power to crush his nemeses.

Here's Carmody!!!

He receives this power by sacrificing the only thing he had, his humanity. And it is torn away from him with out his consent.

Tasty

Do you get how dark this issue is….do you!!!!? Okay then…..now that I have made my point, I will leave you with one moment of levity. Alex falling out of a bed. Laugh…laugh at his misery!

Our Hero

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2 thoughts on “Power Pack #42: Revenge of the Boogyman

  1. Oh the Bogeyman cover is so WRONG! It’s fantastically rendered, you want to look away, but almost scared to for fear the image will change and AUGH! It’s a cover to get signed, but perhaps not to display except around Halloween.

    I think you guys hit on this issue showing how ordinary people deal with this insane super-human crisis. More recent Marvel events would devote a mini-series just for these stories. (Front Line comes to mind as an example.) Not so much in the earlier events. But Jon Bog did just that by making this a Jim-and-Maggie issue, with very short interludes for the kids. In the other Inferno tie-ins, there would be samplings of what happened to ordinary folks, but nowhere near this level of attention. And just in this one little apartment. Whew!

    (One exception. Avengers #298, which had lone Jarvis travelling across New York and helping people as he went. But everyone knows Jarvis IS an Avenger, so it barely counts. Ok, back the Pack.)

    I can’t remember if we get an explanation later how the kids got so sick in the first place. It seems like it could’ve been related to Inferno or Carmody, not just a random illness. I’ll have to watch for that in the next issues.

    Lord, the coloring on that elevator panel. You can feel the blood drain from your face just looking at it.

    And the last page! I still love it! Even get a bit of a lump in my throat. After all this time, the secret’s out and in the worst possible way. But Carmody’s really in for it, cuz IT IS ON!

    To think, I didn’t really remember how powerful this issue was until re-reading it to listen to the show. Well done, my Pack-Men. Well done.

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  2. Yup, that cover is one that I kept flipping over due to not wanting to see it.

    I know right! If this is the nightmare normal for people, then I would have loved to see a scene with a neighbor running past them yelling something like, “The walls have eyes, and they’re bleeding!” I love getting the norms eye view of these crazy situations.

    (Jarvis is the business.)

    I don’t think that they ever cover why the kids got sick…but don’t quote me. I figure it was just a magical ailment afflicting them due to…. reasons… story reasons. But I would be massively surprised if it was just a cold they caught…hmmm, something to ask Jon when we get to interview him.

    We have had several people say that they went back and re-read this issue and had forgotten how good it was. Glad we could help resurface a little bit of Limbo brought joy to people. I had minor memories of this issue but had also forgotten how good it was.

    Thanks, Tim. Will talk to you later.

    -Jeff

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