The 2005 miniseries “X-Men and Power Pack,” written by Marc Sumerak, started off with a Halloween-themed issue, as the Power kids are heading to a Halloween party, with young Jack dressed as one of his favorite heroes, Wolverine.
Jack is sure he’s going to win the costume contest – but when that doesn’t look likely, he takes his frustration out on little sister Katie. Katie gets upset and runs into the woods. Older siblings Julie and Alex make Jack come with them to look for her. (The four siblings together are “Power Pack,” who were granted superpowers during an alien encounter.)
Meanwhile, in the woods, Katie meets the real Wolverine – who she initially thinks is Jack, causing a brief skirmish. Wolverine is there tracking one of his enemies, and eventually it’ll take Wolverine and Power Pack working together to save the day.
Manga-style art by the Japanese illustration team of GuriHiru is well-done throughout. This issue kicked off a series of all-ages miniseries featuring Power Pack teamed up with various Marvel heroes. As a Halloween tale, it’s good – there’s no direct spooky or supernatural threat, but there are costumes and scary things in the woods. And as an all-ages comic and the beginning of the modern all-ages Power Pack, it’s a charming read.
- Matt Price
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