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Power Pack

Allies

Spider-Man, X-Men, Cloak and Dagger, the New Mutants, Morlocks, Fantastic Four, Kymellians (Kofi Whitemane, Lord Yrik, formerly Aelfyre Whitemane), Burrowers, Prince Sobak

Enemies

Basilisk, Bogeyman (Douglas Carmody), Ciegrimites, Circus of Crime, Death, Demons, Doctor Doom, Dragon Man, Force Four, Hobgoblin, Horsemen of Apocalypse, Jakal, Johnny, Kurse, Mad Thinker, Queen Maraud, Marauders, Master Mold, Morlocks, Mysterio, N'astirh, Nova, Red Ghost, Snake-Eyes, Snarks, Star Stalker, Super-Apes, Trash, Typhoid Mary, Vulture

First

Power Pack #1
(May, 1984)

History

Origin and first encounters with the Snarks

Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie Power were the children of Dr. James Power and Margaret Power. Dr. Power discovered a new power source, the Anti-Matter Engine. Very efficient and ecologically clean, it had the potential downside of destroying whatever planet it was on.[2]

The night before the generator was due to be tested, Aelfyre Whitemane ("Whitey") (a member of the alien race known as the Kymellians) crash landed not far from the Power's home. The kids investigated and met a mortally wounded Aelfrye.[citation needed] He explained how his home planet of Kymellia was destroyed by the same device the children's father had built,[2] and how his conveyance, the sentient SmartShipFriday, had been shot down by an alien race called the[citation needed]Zn'rx (or "Snarks") who coveted the device for it's aforementioned planet destruction capabilities.[2] Another account by Katie Power mentioned Whitey being shot and killed by the Zn'rx after he landed on Earth.[2]

Aelfrye also revealed that his species has certain abilities over fundamental forces, and that these abilities could be passed from one person to another at the point of the first person's death.[citation needed] Aelfrye split his powers evenly between the four children,[2] and commanded his SmartShip to watch over them.[citation needed]

Varying accounts exist on whether the Power parents were aware[3] or not[2] of their children's powers and adventures.

Jakal's return

Meanwhile, the Snarks kidnapped their parents. Using their new found powers of gravity manipulation (Gee/Alex), acceleration and flight (Lightspeed/Julie), mass (Mass Master/Jack), and energy (Energizer/Katie) the Power kids rescued their parents and defeated the Snarks.[citation needed]

The Power family later relocated to Bainbridge Island due to their father's being hired by the local school.[3]

As Jakal returned and was set on eradicating any Zn'rx resistance to him, as well as destroy the Power Pack, attack Kymellia and restore the Zn'rx Empire at his former strength and bellicosity, Kofi Whitemane and Prince Sobak, High Snark of the Ankar Clan and chosen successor by Emperor Bhadsha, went to Earth, helping them to defeat the Maraud warriors, before returning to Snark World to oppose Jakal's plans.[4]

Splits and reunions

After Power Pack helped defeat the returned Jakal and ensure a more peaceful transition for Snark World (Julie proposed that a triumvirate ruling corps replace, which was adopted at least in the transition meantime), Jack, uninterested and quite frustrated to have to deal in Snarks' affairs, quit Power Pack[5] to tend to the team's deeply-ill mother, and Julie Power moved to L.A. to pursue an acting career while attending a super human support group known as Excelsior. She had not registered with the Superhuman Registration Act. Katie Power once triumphed over the forces of A.I.M.,[6] and Power Pack last operated as a team in New Jersey when they fought the supervillains Grizzly and Big Wheel.[citation needed]

Power Pack (Earth-Unknown) and Lunella Lafayette (Earth-Unknown) from Unbelievable Gwenpool Vol 1 25 001.jpg

At some point, Power Pack briefly got back together. They teamed-up with Devil Dinosaur, Gwenpool, and Moon Girl.

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Who Are The Power Pack? Comic Origins & Powers Explained

Power Pack was once a trailblazing title, but faded into obscurity. Now they are set to return during Marvel's "Outlawed" event--get to know them!

The Marvel Universe has seen a recent growth in the number of teen superheroes, from The Runaways to Ms. Marvel. These teen heroes star in critically acclaimed and best-selling titles; they also get movies and TV shows as well. And yet these same heroes owe a great debt to one of Marvel’s original teen teams: Power Pack!

Teen superheroes were nothing new at Marvel, or in comics in general. Both Spider-Man and the original X-Men were teenagers when they debuted, and we as readers watched them grow up as people and as heroes. By the time Power Pack debuted in May 1984, Marvel was not publishing teenage heroes outside of their X-Men titles, so the group's arrival was a breath of fresh air. Created by writer Louise Simonson (Superman: The Man of Steel) and artist June Brigman (Brenda Starr, Reporter), the team debuted to critical acclaim and high sales. The Pack participated in a number of high profile events in the mid to late 80s, such as Secret Wars II and Inferno. Over time, sales declined and Power Pack slipped into obscurity.

Related: X-Men/Fantastic Four: How Franklin Richards Saved Kitty Pryde

In the 2000s that began to change. An all-ages Power Pack title, separate from the mainline Marvel Universe, was launched. Various members showed up in other Marvel titles, such as Runaways and Fantastic Four. In the meantime, Marvel experienced a renaissance of adolescent heroes, thanks in large part to Ms. Marvel. With a more receptive audience in place, the time was right for Power Pack to make their grand return, and this November they will return in a five-issue mini-series by Ryan North and Nico Leon that will place them right in the thick of Marvel’s Outlawed event—an event centered around teen heroes.

Comic Book Origins

Power Pack followed the adventures of the four Power siblings: Alex, the oldest and also the leader; Julie, the team’s heart and soul; wild child Jack and spunky and sensitive Katie. Their father, physicist James Power, discovered a new, revolutionary power source with destructive potential. The invention attracted the attention of two warring alien races: the benevolent Kymellians and the evil Snarks. The family soon found themselves caught up in a galactic conflict. During the fighting, the children were gifted superpowers by a dying Kymellian named Aelfyre. Using their new powers, the kids fought back the Snarks, and saved Earth in the process. They also kept their powers and decided to fight evil—all the while keeping it a secret from their parents!

Assisting the Power kids on their adventures was Friday, a “smartship.” Bequeathed to them by the same alien who gave them their powers, Friday was sentient and capable of faster than light speeds; Friday also served as the team’s advisor. Also joining the Pack was Franklin Richards, the son of Reed and Sue Richards of The Fantastic Four. Deciding they wanted a normal life for the prodigiously powered Franklin, Reed and Sue sent him to live with the Powers, who also happened to be friends of the Richards.

A unique feature of the team was there was no adult mentor—the teen X-Men had Professor X to guide them. The children’s parents did not discover the team’s secrets during the original run, although it was teased on more than one occasion.

Comic Powers

When the children were initially given their powers, Alex received the ability to control and manipulate gravity; Julie was able to fly at incredibly high speeds; Jack gained control of the density of his body at the molecular level, able to switch to a gaseous form and Katie received the ability to absorb and project energy. Each member also had an accelerated healing factor that could easily heal wounds.

In issue 25 of their original ongoing, an interesting wrinkle was introduced: the kids swapped powers. Alex received the energy powers, Julie gained the density-control ones, Jack was now able to manipulate gravity and Katie gained the powers of flight. The children would switch powers twice more: in issue 50 of their book, and again in 1991’s Power Pack Holiday Special—this last change saw the Power siblings gaining their original powers back.

Power Pack paved the way for Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl, The Runaways, Squirrel Girl, and every other teenage Marvel hero. Their return is long overdue, and it will be interesting to see how the Pack works with Marvel’s new crop of adolescent crusaders.

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Power Pack

Fictional superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics

For other uses, see Power pack (disambiguation).

Power Pack is a fictional team of superheroes consisting of four young siblings appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Louise Simonson and artist June Brigman, they first appeared in their own series in 1984, which lasted 62 issues, and have since appeared in other books.[1] Power Pack is the first team of pre-teen superheroes in the Marvel Universe and the first team of heroes in comics to feature characters of that age operating without adult supervision. In 2005, the title was relaunched as a series aimed at younger readers—though this was eventually declared a separate continuity from that of the original series and the mainstream Marvel Universe.

The team consists of four siblings: Alex Power, Julie Power, Jack Power, and Katie Power. The dying alien called Whitey, a scientist of the Kymellian race, transfers one of his four superpowers to each of the Power children so they can save their planet from the alien conquerors known as the Snarks. The children band together as the superhero team Power Pack. Along with fighting aliens and super-villains, the team's stories were known for focusing on morality debates and social issues such as child abuse, homelessness, drug abuse, bullying, and the ethics of using excessive or lethal force in combat.

Publication history[edit]

Original series[edit]

During the early 1980s, Marvel Comics had a policy that all their editors should also be writers. Louise Simonson was encouraged to think of a series she could write, and eventually she pitched a team of pre-teen siblings with superpowers called Power Pack. Simonson later explained:

I had resisted Shooter's encouragement to write stuff or do freelance stuff because I thought he had writers whose livelihoods depended on their doing books and it didn't feel fair to take the work away from them. I had a job. But then Shooter hired a whole batch of new editors, and my workload was cut in half. I got bored and I thought I should create something rather than take one of the jobs that were already there, so I proposed the idea for "Power Pack" to Shooter. He eventually loved the idea, and so that was my taste of writing. I found it more challenging than editing, and way more fun, because I had been editing for a long time so I think it had gotten too easy for me.[2]

Simonson chose June Brigman as Power Pack's penciler because of her talent for drawing children.[2] The Power Pack series premiered in May 1984 (cover date August 1984) in a double-sized issue inked by Bob Wiacek.[3] The series continued into 1991, during which time Brigman and Wiacek were replaced by Jon Bogdanove and Hilary Barta as principal artists. The Power Pack letters column, titled "Pick of the Pack", printed drawings and jokes about the characters submitted by readers, an unusual practice for a Marvel title.[citation needed]

In the first story of the series, the alien Kymellian known as Whitey is fatally injured by the alien villains known as Snarks. He gives the four Power children his powers before dying. His mass control power goes to Jack, his energy and disintegration power goes to Katie, his ability to fly goes to Julie, and his control over gravity goes to Alex. In issue #25, the team's powers are temporarily stolen, then returned but rearranged. Due to this "power switch", each Power Pack child now has an ability originally wielded by one of their siblings, leading to a change in codenames.[4] The Power Pack children finally switched their costumes to match their new powers in issue #47. In issue #52, another rearrangement of powers and codenames occurred.

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Unlike superheroes such as Spider-Man or Batman who were orphaned, free agents, or teenagers often trusted to be on their own without supervision, Power Pack was made up of pre-adolescent siblings who had a close relationship with each other, as well as their supportive parents Jim and Maggie Power. Early in the series, the children decided to keep their powers and superhero activities concealed from their parents, believing it would cause them stress and worry. This decision led to several moral compromises and feelings of guilt for the Power Pack members whenever they had to lie to friends and family or allow harm to occur because helping could mean revealing their abilities.[5] The question of whether or not the powers should be revealed was also an ongoing source of debate among the children. Power Pack readers also argued the matter out in the series letter pages. During Jon Bogdanove's story "Revenge of the Bogeyman", which served as a tie-in for the crossover Inferno, the parents learn their children are superheroes.[6] In an epilogue to the story, writer Julianna Jones depicted Jim and Maggie Power as so overwhelmed by the situation that they increasingly suffer psychological breakdowns and become convinced that they are not fit parents for superheroes. To help the Power family, the New Mutants team convinces Jim and Maggie Power that they were deceived and their children were never superheroes. This restored the secret identity status quo and led Power Pack to keep their heroic lives a secret again.[7]

Despite the characters of Power Pack being children, the series often dealt with mature issues.[8] Many of the social problems of the 1980s found their way into the book's storylines. Among the themes addressed were pollution,[9]drug abuse,[10] runaways,[11]kidnapping,[12]gun violence,[13]bullying,[5] orphanhood,[14] and homelessness.[11] Stories regularly depicted the Power children learning and debating how to use their potentially lethal powers responsibly, often on their own but sometimes with guidance from older heroes such as Spider-Man. In one early issue, Jack was wracked with remorse when he thought he had killed a man.[15] In a later story arc, Katie seriously injures a Snark prince named Jakal, which causes her immense guilt and leads her to call herself a "monster".[16]

As the series went on, the children were shown to slowly age and mature. In issue #1, Alex is 12 years old, Julie is 10, Jack is 8, and Katie is 5.[citation needed] In issue #45, Julie graduates from elementary school with honors in English, and the story says she will join Alex at school 44 (an actual middle school existing in New York City).[citation needed]

The same year Power Pack debuted, the team appeared alongside Spider-Man in a special comic designed to discuss children targeted by sexual abuse. The one-shot issue, written by Louise Simonson, was distributed for free and reprinted in the comics sections of many major newspapers.[17] Marvel continued the campaign by featuring the characters in print public service announcements.[18] Later the same year, the writers used the Snark Wars storyline (wherein the children are kidnapped by the evil Snark alien race) to address the issue of child abduction. During the same storyline, photos of missing children were printed in lieu of the comic's regular letters column.[19] In 1989, the Power Pack teamed-up with Cloak and Dagger in a special graphic novel addressing teen homelessness and runaways. Hotline telephone numbers for Covenant House were printed on the back cover.[11]

Along with Spider-Man and the duo of Cloak and Dagger, Power Pack frequently encountered members of the X-Men and New Mutants. In issue #16, they met Franklin Richards (son of Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four), and in issue #17 Franklin became a part-time member of Power Pack himself.[citation needed] He joined on many other adventures, occasionally staying with the Power family for days at a time when his own family were off on adventures.

Starting with issue #34, the Power Pack series regularly rotated writers. Simonson wrote issues #35, #37, and #39–40, while John Bogdanove wrote issue #36, issues #42–43, and issues #47–52. Howard Mackie wrote issue #34, Julianna Jones wrote issues #38 and #44–45, Steven Heyer wrote #41, Terry Austin wrote issues #46 and #53, Judy Bogdanove wrote #54, and Dwayne McDuffie wrote issue #55. During Jon Bogdanove's final issues, Franklin Richards returned as a regular member of the team.

Further changes involved Alex Power mutating into a Kymellian appearance without explanation, forcing him to hide from his girlfriend Allison (who soon dates someone else) as well as from public life.[citation needed] The series was cancelled with issue #62. The final issue, printed in the fourth quarter of 1990 (cover-dated February 1991), depicted the team and their parents journeying into space together.

One year after the original series' cancellation, creators Louise Simonson and June Brigman teamed up for the one-shot issue Power Pack Holiday Special (published in fourth quarter of 1991, with a cover date of February 1992). The one-shot comic resolved the cliffhanger the series had ended on, restored the Power Pack members' original powers, and undid some of the changes to the characters done during the run by Michael Higgins and Tom Morgan. Power Pack Holiday Special also included a short comedy story involving an art style that evoked Calvin and Hobbes, and a short story that showed an older, teenage Julie dealing with romance and self-esteem issues.

The Power Pack stories were reprinted by Marvel UK beginning around 1986. It was Marvel UK's practice at the time to use a less well-known series as a secondary story in a comic devoted to more recognizable characters, and Power Pack became the back-up "strip" in a run of Marvel's licensed Star Wars weekly Return of the Jedi.[20] During this period, it was printed partly in black and white and partly in color, as was the main Star Wars strip. Power Pack subsequently became the back-up strip for the UK ThunderCats comic, where it remained until its eventual replacement by the Galaxy Rangers series.

2000 miniseries[edit]

A four-part Power Pack mini-series published in 2000 depicted the children as now being slightly older than when they had last been in the 1991 Power Pack Holiday Special. Katie was now in the fifth grade (having skipped two grades due to her intelligence), Jack had joined Julie in middle school, and Alex was now a teenager in high school. James and Maggie, the children's parents, were now aware that their children were also the heroes of Power Pack and accepted it. The Power children now wore masks when in costume and their superhero activities were largely restricted to "practice sessions" in the forest around their new home in Bainbridge Island, ten miles (16 km) from Seattle. The series once again pitted the Pack against Queen Mauraud and the Snarks.

Return of Power Pack[edit]

Joe Quesada announced in a New Joe Fridays column at Newsarama that Power Pack would be returning to the Marvel Universe in late 2007, after the events of Civil War.[21][22] However, due to the various delays within their release shipping schedules for Marvel Comics, these plans were put on hold. A new Power Pack story was commissioned for the 2007 Marvel Holiday Special,[23] which would have been the first original material featuring the full cast in the standard Marvel Universe since the 2000 mini-series. It was briefly summarized as "Power Pack relives holidays past" in official Marvel solicits, but the story was scrapped from the publication at the last minute, when it was decided to prioritize the recently canceled title The Loners, which featured Julie Power among its cast. A Loners story written by CB Cebulski ran in place of the Power Pack story, though the official solicitation information still listed the Power Pack story and description.

Three of the Power siblings – Alex, Jack, and Katie – appear within Fantastic Four #574 (2010) as guests celebrating Franklin Richards' birthday. They were all depicted as only slightly older than they had been in the 2000 mini-series, with Alex still a teenager.[24] During the story, Alex was invited to join Reed Richards' Future Foundation.[25] He then made frequent appearances in the Fantastic Four series.[26]

In 2020, a 5-issue limited series written by Ryan North and illustrated by Nico Leon began publication as part of Marvel's Outlawed event.[27]

Fictional team history[edit]

At the beginning[edit]

Alex (age 12),[28]Julie (10),[29]Jack (8),[30][31] and Katie Power (5)[32] were bright, normal American children living with their parents in a beachfront house in Virginia. Their father, Dr. James Power, was a brilliant physicist who discovered a process to generate energy from antimatter with the assistance of a converter, of which he made a prototype. The process was, however, known to several alien races to cause chain reactions and destroy planets, and Dr. Power's knowledge of the process was discovered by Aelfyre "Whitey" Whitemane, a member of the Kymellian race, who resemble humanoid horses. A similar accident destroyed the Kymellians' home planet.[33]

Whitey tried to stop the experiment by warning the Powers but was mortally wounded by his enemies, the reptilian Snarks, in the process. The Snarks kidnapped Dr. Power and his wife, Margaret, hoping to obtain the secret of antimatter. Whitey rescued the Power children and told them what was happening. Before dying, he passed his powers to them to complete his mission.[33]

The children, with the help of Whitey's "smartship", a sentientstarship called Friday, managed to stop the antimatter test by stealing and destroying the converter and rescued their parents from the Snarks. They decided to continue being superheroes and to hide their powers from their parents.[34] Alex took the codename Gee, Julie became Lightspeed, Jack became Mass Master, and Katie became Energizer.[33] They wore costumes made for them by Friday, which were actually Kymellian spacesuits. The costumes, which were constructed of unstable molecules and stored 'Elsewhere', could materialize and disappear on voice command.

After rescuing their parents, the entire family moves to New York City, where the team attempted to deal with normal "kid problems" such as bullies and loose teeth while battling some of the deadliest villains in the Marvel Universe. The Pack fought the villain Kurse on two occasions during Secret Wars II.[35] They were also heavily involved in the events of the Fall of the Mutants[36] and Inferno storylines.[37] During the Mutant Massacre, they descended into the sewers and fought Sabretooth.[38]

The Pack's two greatest enemies during the original series were the Snarks and Carmody/The Bogeyman. The Snarks generally attempted to kidnap the Power children and steal their powers.[39] Carmody, James Power's former employer, spotted the Power children when they stole the antimatter converter at the beginning of the series and became obsessed with revenge.[40] At first, he tried to work with government agencies to prove the Powers were mutants.[41] Later, he became a supervillain himself, assuming the identity of the Bogeyman.[42] After being thrown into Limbo by Magik of the New Mutants, he returned in a demonic form and nearly killed the entire Power family before ultimately committing suicide.[37]

Power Pack joined forces with Cloak & Dagger,[43] the X-Men[44] and the New Mutants[45] on numerous occasions.

The team took great pains to conceal their superhuman abilities from their family and "normal" friends. However, during Inferno, when confronted by the demonic Carmody, the children were forced to reveal their powers to save their parents.[46] The discovery led Jim and Maggie to have mental breakdowns. They were restored to normal through the combined efforts of Mirage and Gosamyr, who convinced them that the superpowered children were clones created to protect them from Carmody and that the "real" Power children, who were powerless, had been taken away and guarded by the New Mutants until Carmody was defeated. This explanation placated their parents and, once they were reunited with their "normal" children, their minds healed themselves. The "clones", which had been generated by Mirage, were then removed, making the children's secret safe once again.[47] This "cover-up" proved to be unpopular with readers, and was highly criticized in the comic's letters column.

Another occasional member of the team was Franklin Richards, the son of Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, who went by the name Tattletale while adventuring. James and Margaret Power were introduced to Franklin after the events of the Snark Wars,[48] and befriended Reed and Sue Richards when Franklin was returned to Avengers Mansion.[49] Subsequently, Franklin was often invited to stay with the Power family while his parents were away on missions.[50] Although Franklin was a member of the group, the Fantastic Four had no knowledge of Power Pack until the end of the series; instead, they thought of the Power children simply as "Franklin's friends".[51]

End of the series[edit]

Sometime later, Alex underwent a transformation into a Kymellian, and Margaret Power began losing her mind.[52] The Power family sought help for Margaret and Alex in various places, beginning with Reed Richards' lab, but their efforts were disrupted by the Red Ghost and his super apes.

The Power family traveled to the UK to try to find help for Margaret and Alex, but the institute was overrun by Nightmare and they encountered Excalibur.[53] After that the Powers visited the Caribbean. The children planned to enjoy the sun and sand while their father consulted with colleagues but found themselves confronted with what seemed to be an alien attack on the beach where they were relaxing.[54]

The family decided to abandon New York and fly with Friday to New Kymellia to seek help for Alex and his mother.[55]

However, both Alex and his parents had been replaced by "pseudoplasm" doubles by a renegade Kymellian Technocrat and his ally, the exiled Maraud (called Meraud in this storyline). The real Alex and his parents were being held captive in the Technocrat's hidden satellite orbiting New Kymellia. Eventually, the other Power siblings learned the truth and rescued their family, switching powers several times as needed, and barely escaping from the satellite before it was destroyed by Maraud.[56]

After recovering on New Kymellia, the Power family returned to New York with Friday. Each of the children was back in possession of his or her original power, and their parents remained unaware of their children's powers and of Power Pack's existence.[56]

Post-series[edit]

Alex, New Warriors and the Future Foundation[edit]

The Kymellians had given Alex the ability to absorb the powers of his siblings into himself and thus use them all. With these powers, he joined the New Warriors superhero group under the name Powerpax, later Powerhouse.[57] This caused some friction with Alex's brother and sisters; even their parents noticed the heightened levels of hostility and forced the children to see a psychologist. Alex eventually gave the others' powers back; the four reverted to their original names (except Alex, who named himself Zero-G and Julie, who was now called Starstreak, the name Katie had chosen when she had Julie's powers).[58]Speedball later tried to recruit Alex back into the New Warriors. Alex politely refused, citing the conflicts his membership would cause among his siblings, though Katie offered her services, to Speedball's chagrin.[59]

At some point outside of any published story, their parents discovered that the children had superpowers and were active as superheroes. Why Power Pack's parents could now retain this information without suffering mental trauma and insanity – thanks to telepathic manipulation by Byrel Whitemane that had previously been established as impossible to circumvent – has not been explained.[47][55][60]

Following the events of the 2000 mini-series, Julie left the family home in unrevealed circumstances to try to become an actress in Los Angeles. Despite Julie's departure from Power Pack, the team defeats Big Wheel.[61] Katie is later seen in costume having beaten several A.I.M. agents unconscious, when Flatman and Doorman offered her membership in the Great Lakes Avengers but she declined,[62] and Power Pack fight Grizzly in New Jersey, a sighting which is used as his alibi against charges that he robbed Madison Square Garden.[63]

During Marvel's Civil War event, Alex's codename Powerhouse was briefly mentioned by Hindsight Lad, an ex-teammate responsible for outing the secret identities of many New Warriors.[64] Alex is one of the 142 registered superheroes who appear on the cover of the comic book Avengers: The Initiative #1.[65]

He later joined Reed Richards' Future Foundation project, which allowed gifted children living within the Baxter Building to map out the outlook for their generation.[25]

Julie, Excelsior/Loners, Avengers Academy and Future Foundation[edit]

Sometime after the events of the 2000 mini-series, Julie Power concluded that adventuring had deprived her of a normal childhood. She dropped out of high school, left her family, and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress. She joined Excelsior, a support group for "former" teenage superheroes, where she is once again known as Lightspeed. Excelsior's first mission was to return the members of the Runaways to the foster care from which the children had absconded and ended with Excelsior battling Ultron.[66] Though they are not seen on-panel, it is then established that Excelsior spend several months attempting to recapture the child cast of the Runaways, but are constantly thwarted by being ineffectual, getting roped into cleaning up after the Runaways' crimefighting exploits, and on occasion simply by being outsmarted by the Runaways.[67]

The Loners are all registered under the Superhuman Registration Act, but consider themselves retired from super-heroics[68] when they are not battling superpowered menaces[69] or operating in public as superheroes attempting to capture runaway superpowered children.[70] However, Julie later tells the rest of the group that she is not registered.[71] While she is less intelligent and articulate than previously established, Julie reveals in Loners #4 that this is merely an affectation she adopts for the benefit of others – she pretends to be a "dumb blonde" to fit in with Los Angelenos.[72] (It had previously been established that Julie is a redhead, her "blonde" hair the result of using light hues in the production of the comic's art to reflect the brighter climate of the west coast.)

The Loners' support group has moved to New York City, where Julie is presumably seen, though not named, at recent meetings.[73] As with the cast's sudden relocation to Los Angeles from New York between the cancellation of their series and the beginning of Runaways volume 2, the move is not explained.

Julie was seen among the other young superheroes to arrive on the new campus for the Avengers Academy,[74] where she is attending classes as a teacher assistant, under Quicksilver's tutelage.[75]

Sometime after Julie ended the relationship with Karolina Dean,[76] she was dealing with her depression and dropping out of college; when Alex & Dragon Man appeared in her apartment and recruited her on a rescue mission to help save the Foundation. Afterward, she joined the team as both teacher and Co-leader of the FF.[77]

Members[edit]

The Power siblings have changed powers on several occasions and are the core of the Pack.

Real Name Codename Codename history (associated power) Notes
Alex Power Zero-G Gee (gravity), Destroyer (energy), Mass Master (density), Powerpax/Powerhouse (gravity, energy, density, acceleration), Zero-G (gravity) Alex was briefly a member of the New Warriors. Currently a member of the Future Foundation. Rejoins his siblings again as Power Pack.
Julie PowerLightspeed Lightspeed (acceleration), Molecula (density), Starstreak (acceleration, teleportation) Her flight trail is rainbow-like but features only the subtractive primary colorsyellow, magenta, and cyan. Currently attending classes at the Avengers Academy. Recently joined the Future Foundation, and along with Alex and their other siblings to reform Power Pack.
Jack PowerMass Master Mass Master (density), Counterweight (gravity), Destroyer (energy)
Katie PowerEnergizer Energizer (energy), Starstreak (acceleration), Counterweight (gravity)
Franklin Richards
(honorary member)
Formerly Tattletale, later known as Powerhouse Precognition, astral projection, limited telepathy He officially joined Power Pack in #17 and has not been an active member since the end of Power Pack volume 1. Currently a member of the Future Foundation. Son of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Susan Storm/Richards (Invisible Woman/Mrs. Fantastic) of the Fantastic Four.
Kofi Whitemane Teleportation, energy projection, gravity alteration, healing, force field projection, air manipulation. Unofficial member. Kofi is a Kymellian youth and cousin of Whitey who made his most recent appearance in the 2000 Power Pack mini-series.
FridayWarp drive, flight, supercomputer, force field The Smartship Friday is an intelligent starship.

Other versions[edit]

Age of Apocalypse[edit]

The Power children had been captured and used by Beast in his gruesome experiments which ended with fusing the four siblings together.[78] They were later dissected[79] and kept sealed in containing tubes at his secret laboratory in the Yucatán.[78]

All-ages miniseries[edit]

A new Power Pack miniseries debuted in 2005. Written by Marc Sumerak and penciled by Gurihiru Studios, it mostly ignored previous Power Pack continuity and was aimed toward young children. Marvel later noted that these stories take place on Earth-5631 as opposed to the established mainstream Marvel continuity of Earth-616.[80] Although the initial four-issue series was not released under the Marvel Age imprint because of editorial decisions, it was later reprinted in digest format under the Marvel Age banner. Each of these first four issues focussed on one of the Power children and their respective troubles in balancing the secret of their powers with the demands of their daily lives.

A second Power Pack miniseries by the same creative team, X-Men & Power Pack, debuted in October 2005. The series guest-starred various members and villains from the X-Men comics, including Cyclops, Wolverine, Sabretooth, Beast, Mystique, Nightcrawler, and Mister Sinister and his Marauders. The Circus of Crime also makes an appearance.

A third Power Pack miniseries, titled Avengers & Power Pack: Assemble! debuted in April 2006. This series teamed the Pack with various members of the Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Spider-Woman. Issues #3 & #4 were a two-part adventure in which the Pack and the Avengers battled Kang the Conqueror, although the latter's plot of conquest which culminates in these two volumes spans the whole miniseries.

A fourth Power Pack miniseries, titled Spider-Man & Power Pack, debuted in November 2006. The series featured Spider-Man and some of his rogue's gallery, such as the Vulture, Sandman, and Venom. The miniseries included two sub-plots: in one, Spider-Man was reduced in age and temporarily joined the Power siblings; the second involved the group teaming up with Spidey to capture Venom symbiote costumes that had been taking control of various women – including Mary-Jane Watson – during part one, and then Katie in part two.

A fifth Power Pack miniseries, Hulk & Power Pack, debuted in March 2007, following the events of the Spider-Man and Power Pack miniseries. The series involved the Hulk and his enemies the Absorbing Man, Abomination, and Zzzax. The miniseries was drawn by David Williams (except for issue #3, which was drawn by Andy Kuhn).

A sixth Power Pack miniseries, Fantastic Four & Power Pack, debuted in July 2007, co-starring the Fantastic Four, who made a previous appearance in issue #3 of the first Power Pack miniseries. Gurihiru Studios returned for the artwork; however, Fred Van Lente replaced Mark Sumerak as writer. The series pitted the Pack against the Fantastic Four's enemies and also featured Franklin Richards, who, as Tattletale, was a member of Power Pack in the regular Marvel Universe.

A seventh Power Pack miniseries, Iron Man & Power Pack, debuted in November 2007, co-starring Iron Man, who had previously appeared in the Avengers & Power Pack: Assemble! miniseries. The series was written by Marc Sumerak and the artwork was by Marcelo Diachara. Opponents include the Puppet Master, the Ghost, Blizzard, Speed Demon and Ultimo. James Rhodes and Pepper Potts also have guest appearances.

An eighth Power Pack miniseries, titled Power Pack: Day One debuted in March 2008. The series, which featured the same creative team as Fantastic Four & Power Pack (Fred Van Lente and Gurihiru), focused on the origins of the team and the incorporation of their new member, Franklin Richards. This series is credited as being "based on" the origin tale from the 1984 series by Louise Simonson and June Brigman, though it is lighter in tone, has a shorter page-count, and changes some plot elements. The series also included scientific back-up information about the physical aspects of the siblings' powers, with artwork by Colleen Coover.

A ninth series, Skrulls vs Power Pack, made its debut in July 2008. The storyline involved Power Pack encountering the alien Skrulls. This miniseries also introduced the Kymellian Kofi Whitemane to this continuity. The creative team was Fred Van Lente as writer and Cory Hamscher as artist. Gurihiru provided the covers and the colors.

A tenth miniseries, Wolverine and Power Pack, made its debut in November 2008. Wolverine had previously appeared in the X-Men and Power Pack miniseries. The series reunited the original creative team of Marc Sumerak and Gurihiru. Logan and the four children confronted Sauron, faced the Danger Room, and defended the Xavier school against Sentinels, giant robots programmed for anti-mutant genocide. Since the Power siblings are not actually mutants, their intervention was decisive in the outcome of the latter battle. Logan and Power Pack have adventures together in 19th-century New York City and 20th-century Tokyo.

An eleventh Power Pack miniseries began April 2010, with Thor appearing and co-headlining, called Thor And The Warriors Four. The creative team is writer Alex Zalben and artwork once again by Gurihiru. Thor and the Power children confront an evil plot of Loki's while trying to save the Powers' grandmother. High points include Alex wielding Mjolnir, Beta Ray Bill and the other Asgardians turning into children, a guest appearance by Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, and Dr. Donald Blake making applesauce. The series also contains a back-up adventure of Hercules telling the story of his Twelve Labors while babysitting the Pack.

Mini Marvels[edit]

In a Mini Marvels short, Spider-Man is hired to babysit the infant Power children.

House of M[edit]

Alex and Julie appear in House of M: Avengers #3 as members of a superpowered gang called the Wolfpack, the House of M's version of the New Warriors.

Marvel 2099[edit]

In the alternate Marvel 2099 timeline, Julie, Jack, and Kate appear as adults, apparently having aged at a greatly reduced rate as a result of their powers. Alchemax CEO J. Jonah Jameson hires them to take down Captain America 2099 and Spider-Man 2099.[81] Eventually, it is revealed that they are actually Skrulls who have been brainwashed into believing they are Power Pack.[82]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

The zombified Power children appear in Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness #3. They come into conflict with Nextwave, who have not been infected at that point but are ruthlessly dispatched off-panel moments later. An explosion violently kills all of them but Alex, who appears in Marvel Zombies Halloween with other zombies attacking Kitty Pryde and her son Peter.[83]

MC2[edit]

Katie, going by Kate, appears in issues 2–5 of A-Next. During a conversation with American Dream, she indicates that something tragic happened to one of her brothers, but the details of the situation remain unclear.

Millennial Visions[edit]

In the "Power Pack: Starting Over" story within Marvel's 2001 Millennial Visions one-shot comic, the team is depicted as a group of adults ranging from 25 (Katie) to 32 (Alex). In this alternate universe, the siblings split up after their parents were killed by anti-mutant activists and led disparate lives until Julie reunites them to face a new Snark attack.[84]

New Mutants[edit]

Katie appears in a dystopian future ruled by Sunspot.[85] She has all of her siblings' powers, explaining that this is because they were killed some time ago. She fights for the rights of downtrodden humans and helps the time-lost members of the New Mutants find their way home.

Renew Your Vows[edit]

The siblings appear in the miniseries Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows as schoolmates of Peter Parker's daughter Annie. They are forced to go into hiding when it is discovered that they have superhuman abilities and are taken in by S.H.I.E.L.D.[86]

X-Force[edit]

A young girl called Francine Power appears in an alternate future in X-Force Annual #1, operating under the name Powerpax. She has all of the powers of the various members of Power Pack and wears a costume similar to the one later worn by Alex Power in the pages of New Warriors.

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Format Publication date ISBN
Power Pack Origin AlbumPower Pack (1984) #1–4 TPB May 1988[87]978-0871353856
Power Pack Classic volume 1Power Pack (1984) #1–10 TPB July 2009 978-0785137900
Power Pack Classic volume 2Power Pack (1984) #11–17; Uncanny X-Men #195; Power Pack & Cloak and Dagger: Shelter from the StormTPB May 2010 978-0785145929
Power Pack Classic volume 3Power Pack (1984) #18–26; Thor #363 TPB March 2011 978-0785153054
Power Pack Classic OmnibusPower Pack (1984) #1–36; Uncanny X-Men #195, 205; Thor #363; X-Factor Annual 2; Power Pack & Cloak and Dagger: Shelter from the Storm; material from Strange Tales (1987) #13–14 Oversized hardcover March 2020 978-1302923679
Secret Wars II OmnibusPower Pack (1984) #18; Secret Wars II #1–9; Uncanny X-Men #198, #202–203; New Mutants #30, #36–37; Captain America #308; Iron Man #197; Fantastic Four #282, #285, #288, #316–319; Web of Spider-Man #6; Amazing Spider-Man #268, #273–274; Daredevil #223; Incredible Hulk #312; Avengers #260–261 and #265–266; Dazzler #40; Alpha Flight #28; Thing #30; Doctor Strange #74; Cloak and Dagger #4; Thor #363; Power Man and Iron Fist #121; Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #111; Defenders #152; Quasar #8 Oversized hardcover May 2009 978-0785131113
EssentialX-Men volume 6Power Pack (1984) #27; X-Men #199–213, Annual #9; New Mutants #46, Special Edition #1; X-Factor #9–11; Thor #373–374 TPB September 2005 0-7851-1727-X
EssentialX-Factor volume 1Power Pack (1984) #27; Avengers #262; Fantastic Four #286; X-Factor #1–16, Annual #1; Thor #373–374TPB November 2005 0-7851-1886-1
X-Men: Mutant MassacrePower Pack (1984) #27; Uncanny X-Men #210–214; New Mutants #46; X-Factor #9–11; Thor #373–374; Daredevil #238 TPB January 2010 0-7851-3805-6
X-Men: Fall of the Mutants OmnibusPower Pack (1984) #35; Uncanny X-Men #220–227; New Mutants (1983) #55–61; X-Factor (1986) #19–26; Captain America (1968) #339; Daredevil(1964) #252; Fantastic Four (1961) #312; Incredible Hulk (1968) #340 Oversized hardcover October 2011 978-0-7851-5822-6
X-Men: Inferno Crossovers OmnibusPower Pack (1984) #40, 42–44; Avengers #298–300; Fantastic Four #322–324; Amazing Spider-Man #311–313; Spectacular Spider-Man #146–148; Web of Spider-Man #47–48; Daredevil #262–263, 265; Excalibur #6–7; Cloak & Dagger #4 Oversized hardcover September 2010 978-0785146711
Acts of Vengeance Crossovers OmnibusPower Pack (1984) #53; Uncanny X-Men #256–258; Fantastic Four #334–336; Wolverine #19–20; Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #11–13; Incredible Hulk #363; Punisher #28–29; Punisher War Journal #12–13; Marc Spector: Moon Knight #8–10; Daredevil #275–276; Alpha Flight #79–80; New Mutants #84–86; X-Factor #49–50; Damage Control #1–4; and Web of Spider-Man #64–65 Oversized hardcover August 2011 978-0-7851-4488-5
Power Pack: Pack Attack!Power Pack (2005) #1–4 Digest TPB 2005 0-7851-1736-9
X-Men/Power PackX-Men/Power Pack #1–4 Digest TPB 2006 0-7851-1955-8
Avengers/Power Pack: Assemble!Avengers/Power Pack: Assemble! #1–4 Digest TPB 2006 0-7851-2155-2
Spider-Man/Power Pack: Big-City SuperheroesSpider-Man/Power Pack #1–4 Digest TPB 2007 0-7851-2357-1
Hulk/Power Pack: Pack SmashHulk/Power Pack #1–4 Digest TPB 2007 0-7851-2490-X
Fantastic Four and Power Pack: Favorite SonFantastic Four and Power Pack #1–4 Digest TPB 2008 978-0-7851-2491-7
Iron Man/Power Pack: Armored and DangerousIron Man/Power Pack #1–4 Digest TPB 2008 978-0-7851-2830-4
Power Pack: Day OnePower Pack: Day One #1–4 Digest TPB 2008 978-0-7851-3007-9
Wolverine/Power Pack: The Wild PackWolverine/Power Pack #1–4 Digest TPB 2009 978-0-7851-2831-1
Skrulls Vs. Power PackSkrulls Vs. Power Pack #1–4 Digest TPB 2009 978-0-7851-3285-1
Thor and the Warriors FourThor and the Warriors Four #1–4 Digest TPB 2010 978-0-7851-4120-4
Power Pack: Powers That BePower Pack (2020) #1–5 TPB June 2021 978-1-3029-2436-2

Power Pack Classic volume 4 (ISBN 978-0785162629) was scheduled to be released in March 2013 but was cancelled.[88] It would have contained Power Pack (1984) #27–36 and material from Strange Tales (1987) #13–14.

In other media[edit]

TV pilot[edit]

Plot[edit]

As the Power siblings get ready for a new school year, they must deal with typical kid issues while also balancing their lives as superpowered children when they learn of Dr. Mobius, a phantom that haunts an abandoned house.

Cast[edit]

  • Nathaniel Moreau as Alex Power
  • Margot Finley as Julie Power
  • Bradley Machry as Jack Power
  • Jacelyn Holmes as Katie Power
  • Jonathan Whittaker as Dr. James Power
  • Cheryl Wilson as Margaret Power
  • Daniel DeSanto as Eddie
  • Christian Masten as Harlan
  • Rachel Wilson as Tina
  • Charlene DiPardo as Rhonda
  • Greg Swanson as Dr. Mobius

Production[edit]

Following the cancellation of the original comic, Paragon Entertainment Corporation and New World Television developed Power Pack into a live-action show for NBC's Saturday Morning Kids block. While a pilot episode was made, the series was passed on and later picked up by Fox, which chose to broadcast it as a Saturday morning special, on September 28, 1991, rather than ordering an entire series. The 27-minute pilot has subsequently been aired a few times on Fox Kids during the off-season.[89] Minor alterations to the concept were made for the pilot, ranging from the children's parents being aware of their superhuman abilities, Julie's acceleration power being altered to her being able to move at superhuman speed, without the ability to fly, and the "cloud" aspect of Jack's density power being eliminated; he was only able to shrink in size. The children did not wear costumes.

Television[edit]

  • All four members of Power Pack (Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie) have cameo appearances alongside Franklin Richards in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "Support Your Local Sky-Father!".
  • The name Power Pack is mentioned in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Blade and the Howling Commandos." Spider-Man brought up the name as one of the "big guns" in the superhero community.

Film[edit]

In 2000, Marvel Entertainment entered into a joint venture agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films, and internet projects. These 15 franchises included an adaptation of Power Pack.[90] In September 2017, Marvel Studios announced that plans to introduce Power Pack into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with their own film are in development. Jonathan Schwartz, an executive producer on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, will oversee the project, with the plot being described as "a Spy Kids–like story".[91]

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External links[edit]

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Comic Book / Power Pack

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They look pretty badass for a group of little kids. note L — R, top to bottom: Julie Power (Lightspeed), Alex Power (Zero-G), Katie Power (Energizer), and Jack Power (Mass Master)

Power Packwas a 1980s comic book series by Marvel Comics that starred four child superheroes. While this concept is not unusual in Western Animation, it was new for the Marvel Universe. Unlike those of TV cartoon super-kids, most of the Pack's adventures were straight superhero action, with deeper real-world themes as well, such as child abuse, guns in school, bullying, and genocide — the kids were unwilling witnesses to the mass-murder of the sewer-dwelling Morlocks. The mood was lighter than other Marvel fare, but darker than typical super-kid stories.

The series was about the four children of one Prof. James Power, a scientist who had invented an antimatter generator. However, a horse-like alien named Whitemane tried to warn him that a similar machine had blown up his homeworld. Unfortunately, "Whitey" (as the kids named him) was mortally wounded by his enemies, the alien Snarks, and couldn't prevent them from kidnapping the children's parents.

Dying, Whitey had no choice but to pass on his superpowers to the Power children and hope that they could save the Earth and rescue their parents. With help from Whitey's living spaceship, Friday, they succeeded, and without their parents finding out about their new powers, to boot!

The four of them then decided to keep their powers a secret, and continued to adventure around New York City as the "Power Pack".

The kids, from oldest to youngest, and their (original) powers are:

  • Alex — age 12 original version, age 14 all-ages version — with the power of Gravity, controlling an object/person's gravity by touch; he called himself Gee/Zero-G.
  • Julie — age 10 original version, age 12 all-ages version — power of lightspeed or "velocity". She could fly at great speed (leaving a colored trail behind) called herself Lightspeed.
  • Jack — age 8 original version, age 10 all-ages version — power of Density. He could increase his body's density (thus shrinking down) or decrease it (becoming a living cloud) named himself Mass Master.
  • Katie — age 5 original version, age 8 all-ages version — power of Energy. She could turn matter into energy, absorb this, and fire it at opponents, called herself Energizer.

They would later find out that they could switch their powers around—or even give them all to a single person—as well.

While never a major Marvel series, Power Pack lasted a surprisingly long time and had a loyal following. The series lasted for 62 issues (August, 1984-February, 1991). At one point, Franklin Richards (son of Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four) joined them for a while under the name Tattletale (his godlike powers were at the time reduced to just telepathy, precognitive dreaming, and a ghost body). The Pack met various other heroes, including Spider-Man and Wolverine. Strangely, for a long while few people called them on being superheroes at such a young age (Katie was only five years old!) or going around without adult supervision (unless you count Friday's) much less doing dangerous stuff behind their parents' backs.

Their parents do eventually find out, however, and the family has to deal with it — by going insane and turning into catatonic wrecks. Fortunately for the kids, the New Mutants helped them out by having Gosamyr convince the parents it was all a misunderstanding and their kids were still normal. It's later revealed that the race of space-horses (no, really) who gave the kids their powers created mental blocks to stop their parents ever realizing that the children were superheroes, even if they showed up with a teenage alien runaway and a talking spaceship in tow or something. Which they did.

Although canceled years ago, the Pack characters have resurfaced in other comics such as New Warriors and Runaways (as teenagers). In 2000 the team appeared in a new, four-issue miniseries, again as teenagers. There was an attempt in 2005 to reintroduce the team to regular Marvel continuity in an unashamedly all-ages series of books, but this was later sideways-retconned into an out-of-continuity series, as the writer of Marvel's Runaways comic introduced a version of one of the Pack characters in that book which didn't match up with the all-ages character (namely, Julie as a teenager) — or even the character from their previous appearances in the 2000 miniseries.

Now, it appears as a regular series of mini-series in Marvel's Marvel Adventures imprint and it seems to have found its niche with fun stories complemented with adorable manga-esque art. Alex Power is also a member of Reed Richards's Future Foundation (as seen in the FF book) and is a regular feature of that book's supporting cast.

There was a failed Pilot for a television series version, but it was never aired in the US, though it did appear on overseas channels and has circulated as a bootleg among fans for years. As of now, Marvel's new owner, Walt Disney Pictures, is wondering if this kid team would be an obvious property to develop for a film. Considering they made Big Hero 6, another obscure Marvel superhero team, into a film, there's a chance it could happen.

Making a return in the pages of FF in February 2012 (the issue's title is even "The One Where Power Pack Shows Up"), the first time the whole team's been together in the mainline Marvel Universe in more than a decade (real-world time, at least).

Power Pack would not receive their own comic again until November 1, 2017, as a part of Marvel Legacy. However, this was only a one-shot. 2019's Future Foundation features Alex and Julie on the team and are the de facto protagonists of the series. They received a new comic in November 2020 as part of the Outlawed storyline.

Not to be confused with a type of battery, or with the Matrix in the very poor dub of Transformers: ★Headmasters.


This series provides examples of:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Julie briefly left the team in the all-ages version since she was fed up with the way Alex led it and wanted to spend more time with her friends. It lasted just 1 issue.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Katie is into ponies in the all-ages series.
  • All Your Powers Combined: In the Earth-616 continuity, Alex eventually gained the ability to absorb all four powers into himself. He used this to briefly join the New Warriors before giving his powers back to his siblings. In an alternate future seen in "The New Mutants #49", Katie had all the powers of her team because her siblings had been killed off.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Sort of; Friday doesn't actually have a gender, but the kids use "him" or "her" according to their own gender.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Issue 47 of the original comic is entirely about Katie entering a cartoon bizarro universe straight out of Little Nemo, and trying to escape. Continuity doesn't really reference it much afterwards, yet it's the only issue to explain the costume changes.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: All over the first few issues. News of a UFO is readily dismissed despite several alien invasions by that point. Also, perhaps most egregious, is the fact that at one point Jack dismisses the idea that his new-found ability to understand the Snarks' language must mean Friday built translators into their costumes as "too much like science fiction"—while he's a cloud-boy floating next to an alien spaceship.
  • Art Shift: Compare how the pack was drawn in the original series, back in the 1980's, to how they are drawn in more recent appearances (especially the all-ages series).
  • Author Avatar: The Power kids' parents are really obviously a young Walter and Louise Simonson, and Julie is named after Louise Simonson's daughter who went on to write two issues (#38 & #45).
  • Badass Adorable: All of the kids in the out-of-continuity stories, but Katie Power is this in pretty much any appearance.
  • Badass Normal: In contrast to his mainline-Marvel counterpart, in the all-ages series, Franklin Richards has no superpowers (save perhaps for an intellect on par with his dad's and a whole lot of gadgets).
  • Bare Your Midriff: Julie since her appearance in Runaways.
  • Baseball Episode: Nearly an entire issue of the original series takes place at or near Shea Stadium, and a baseball game (the "Mecs" vs. the "Clubs") figures into the plot.
  • Battle Cry: "Power Pack Attack!"
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Alex/Katie, Jack and Julie.
  • Big Brother Bully: When Alex joins the New Warriors, he steals his siblings powers and refuses to give them back. Over 20 years later, they still have yet to fully forgive him for this.
  • Blood Knight: An ongoing thread in the original series is that of the entire family, Jack is the one with the least scruples about violence and who most enjoys their fights. Whenever the kids' powers switch in the original run, Jack immediately finds a new combat application for his new power set, such as the "gravity punch" he used as Counterweight. Late in the series, in the second power switch arc, when Maraud realizes Jack is about to receive the "Energizer" power set, she becomes stone-cold terrified of what Jack will do.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: The Power Pack sometimes act as an unofficial bodyguard squad for Franklin Richards, one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe. Since while Franklin is very powerful, he can't control his abilities and likely will never get full control of them, this is justified.
  • Body Horror: This happens to Carmody, who is transformed into a demon. This also apparently happens to Alex, though it turns out to have been a copy.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Two brothers and two sisters.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Both times they lost their powers to the Snarks (see below), it didn't stop the kids from standing up to the giant space lizards.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Happens at least twice to the entire team during the original series, but each time they get their powers back again. In the all-ages series, Katie can temporarily do this to Hulk and She-Hulk by absorbing the gamma energy from their bodies.
  • Christmas Episode: The holiday special, naturally. Issue #20 of the original series is also set at Christmas time.
  • Childhood Memory Demolition Team: In the first arc, the Snarks all but completely destroy the Power house. This begins a long chain of moving throughout Power Pack comics.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Is a way to tell who has which power. White = Gravity, Pink/Red = Velocity, Blue = Density, and Yellow = Energy.
  • Cool Old Lady: In an alternate future seen in "The New Mutants #49", Katie, the last remaining member of Power Pack, continues to be an active superhero that can hold her own in battles, despite being an old woman now. It helps that in this future she has all four powers at her disposal.
  • Create Your Own Villain: The Pack's Arch-Enemy, Douglas Carmody aka "The Bogeyman", is already something of a villain when we first see him (planning to weaponize Dr. Power's converter technology rather than using it to provide cheap power and calling Dr. Power a "hippie" for wanting to do any less), but he descends into full-blown super-villainy after the converter is destroyed, descending into madness, losing the remnants of his fortune, his marriage, and basically his whole life... which he blames the Powers for.
  • Creative Sterility: In the all-ages series, this the Snarks flaw as a species. They're incapable of creating anything new for themselves, acting as technological scavengers whose ships are visibly piecemeal. This also makes them incapable of learning from their mistakes causing them to seek the recreation of the thing that already destroyed their home planet without any modifications to keep it from blowing up in their face a second time.
  • Cute Bruiser: Katie. The only reason she isn't one of the scariest people in the Marvel Universe is that she's a little kid.
  • Darker and Edgier: Even though Power Pack always took itself seriously and wasn't afraid to portray its young heroes realistically and even put them in violent danger, apparently this wasn't enough for some people. At one point, the comic took an angsty turn and started shoving Body Horror and Nightmare Fuel all over the place, which was ultimately retconned out of existence by the original creators in a "holiday special", which returned the stories to the "not too dark, not too light" mood it originally had.
  • Defector from Decadence: Kofi, after seeing how Power Pack is treated during their visit to Kymmellia II and realizing they are right about Kymmmellian society (see What the Hell, Hero? below), decides to leave his race and return to Earth with Power Pack. He returns after his species relocates to a new planet and renounces their old ways.
  • Expy: The Power kids themselves bear an uncanny similarity to the Pevensie siblings.
  • Flight: One of the 2 primary abilities of whoever possesses the “velocity/lightspeed” powers (most of the time Julie); she can fly with great speed. To a lesser degree, the “gravity” and “density” powers can also be used to achieve a form of Not Quite Flight (“gravity” by making yourself weightless in order to float, and “density” by turning into a cloud and thus be able to float). Only the “energy” powers cannot be used to achieve flight, so whoever has those powers (mostly Katie) always needs to be carried around by one of the others.
  • Franchise Zombie: an in-universe example. In issue #21 of the original series, Jack and Katie get to meet their favorite author, upon which Jack asks her why she stopped writing the "Cody Davis: Space Explorer" series (which he is a fan of) in favor of writing the more childish series "Goo-Gam" (which Katie is a huge fan of). She explains that she is basically forced to do so by both her fans and editor, since Goo-Gam became far more popular with the fans than her other works, and brought in more money. By now the series takes up so much of her time that she cannot write anything else.
  • Funny Background Event: In the all-ages books, Katie and Jack are usually doing something silly while their older siblings are working. In Thor and the Warriors Four, for instance, Jack and Lockjaw teleport away to get drinks from Hawaii, and then Katie rubs Lockjaw's belly until he falls asleep.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: The core team, which consists of two boys and two girls. Averted if you count Sixth Ranger Franklin in as well, in which case it becomes a Two Girls to a Team.
  • Girls Have Cooties: In the original series, Jack has this attitude. In issue 44 for example, Gosamyr flirts with him, which freaks him out. In the all-ages series, Katie has this attitude towards boys.
  • Grand Theft Me: Doctor Doom does this to Franklin Richards in the all-ages version, using Franklin’s body to attack the Fantastic Four in their own headquarters while simultaneous trapping Franklin in his, temporarily paralyzed, body
  • Healing Factor: In the original series, if the kids were in the same general vicinity, they could concentrate and vastly reduce the time it took for them to recover from injuries or diseases. Julie gets over a broken arm in a couple of days, and one issue has Jack and Alex suffering from a cold that they only still have because Julie is out of town.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Especially in the early parts of the original series, Katie had a tendency to get knocked out, sedated or otherwise put to sleep so that her Energizer powers wouldn't beat the bad guys in ten seconds flat.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: The kids don't automatically know how to use the powers given to them (neither in the original series nor the all ages series) and have to experiment to get the hang of them. The trope comes into play again after each power switch they go through, with the occasional by-product of the new owner figuring out new ways to use the power in the process.
  • I Hate Past Me: The future Jack Power seen in Avengers & Power Pack Assemble #4 despises his immature past self, wondering how his siblings ever managed to stand him back then.
  • Improbable Age: While the characters are definitely childlike and think and act like actual children most of the time (a rarity in Kid Hero stories), they sometimes do things that are, at least, several years older than their age. Such as 5-year-old Katie's belief at one time that because she seriously hurt someone else, she didn't deserve to live (or something almost as dramatic).
  • Improvised Microgravity Maneuvering:
    • A variation—though not done in space, Alex manages to push himself around while degravitized using just about anything he can find with a spray nozzle, though he gets the most mileage out of a fire extinguisher. Later, inspired by lessons in his science class, he begins to experiment with momentary increases and reductions in his personal gravity, using inertia to direct and alter his movements.
    • Also not in space, but Jack took the gravity power in another direction—rather than simulated flight, he managed to simulate near-Olympic-level acrobatics by reducing the effects of gravity on himself while in motion.
  • In a Single Bound: the gravity powers can be used for this. In the original series, Jack was the first one to figure this out when he received this powers, to the dismay of Alex who never though of using the powers in this way when he had them.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: the Density Powers allow a person to shrink to a small, yet very dense and heavy form by increasing one's density.
  • Instant Costume Change: The kids' costumes are stored in the alternate dimension of "Elsewhere"; saying "Costume on/off" instantly switches them with street clothes. (Conveniently, Elsewhere also cleans and repairs them.)
  • Intangibility: the “Density” powers allow for this to some degree; turning into a cloud renders you intangible enough to be unharmed by physical attacks, but does not allow to pass through solid matter like walls.
  • Kid Hero: The whole premise, played mostly realistically.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare: Whitey's fondness for Lewis Carroll, and Kofi's love of Earth food.
  • Learnt English from Watching Television: The all-ages version has Whitemane learning English this way. It helps that he gets to be something of a movie buff. The original has him learn it from reading human literature.
  • Lighter and Softer: The out-of-normal-continuity stories are unashamedly "all-ages." They're not bad, actually.
  • Lonely Together: In the original series, in issue #19, the kids' mother is badly injured (due to an incident that happened in a Thor comic), and their father spends Thanksgiving with her at the hospital. Figuring being lonely together is better than being lonely separately, Katie contacts a number of people the kids have met up to that point (Kitty Pryde and Wolverine, Cloak and Dagger, Leech and Annalee of the Morlocks, even Spider-Man) and invites them to Thanksgiving dinner. Though Spidey never shows up (and apologizes for it in issue #21), everyone else does.
  • Magic Pants: The teams costumes are made of "unstable molecules" (or "pseudoplasm" in the all-ages comics), which allows for whoever has the density power at the moment to not have to worry about damaging or losing their clothes because of it. Their regular clothes naturally avert the trope (in the first issue, Jack actually ends up naked when he turns into a cloud). In the All-Ages version however, their normal clothes somehow also follow this trope. In the crossover with the Fantastic Four, Jack shrinks down in size to take out two bullies while he is not in his costume, but his clothes still shrink with him.
  • Morality Pet: Katie is this to, of all people, Wolverine. This is par for the course for Wolverine, though.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Handled far better than in most series involving Kid Heroes. The characters actually act like kids and show childlike reactions to the things that happen around them and to them much of the time, but not all of the time. Personality-wise, they act childlike enough to be believable, while still being competent heroes. Dialog-wise, they're... a little smart for their age, though they still say childlike things. Of course, they are the kids of a genius.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Functionally bottomless pockets, can (apparently) self-repair when switched off and back on, connected to a, um, pocket dimension...
  • Never My Fault: Carmody refuses to accept any responsibility for the converter not being ready and nearly blowing up the planet, instead blaming the Pack and carrying out a vendetta against them that is implied to have destroyed his career and even his marriage.
  • Never Wake Up a Sleepwalker: Invoked. The children bring Franklin back to Avengers Mansion after witnessing the Morlock Massacre. When the adults find out about this, Franklin claims he was sleepwalking, and the other children say that they didn't wake him because it would be dangerous.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: for a comic book series, surprisingly averted in the mainstream Earth-616 continuity of the Marvel Comics. The characters all made their debut as preteens, but over the years since their own series was cancelled and they were reduced to guest roles in other comics, all four have significantly aged up to teenagers (and in Alex’ case even close to young adult). So far played straight in the all-ages miniseries, though that can easily be justified by stating that in-universe those stories are set in a period of a few months at most. In the Outlawed mini, they apparently get younger, as Alex and Julie have previously been over 18, but in the series are treated as minors.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The original run introduced the character of Numinus, reputed to be more powerful than Galactus and looking remarkably like Whoopi Goldberg. While her first appearance was a bit of a head-scratcher, she later showed up to help the Kymellians reform, moving out of their "flying shopping mall" and onto a new planet that "just happened" to become habitable. This significantly lowered the jerkass-quotient of the race.
  • Oh, Crap!: After one of the team power shuffles, Snark Queen Mother Maraud has a moment of this when Jack acquires the energy power, and she realizes that he's just mature enough not to accidentally lose control of it (as Katie sometimes did), but still enough of a kid that he's not going to overthink the ramifications of the power (as Alex often did)—in essence, he's fully capable of just disintegrating and/or blowing stuff up until nothing's left standing, without putting his siblings and allies at risk from Power Incontinence.
  • One Person, One Power: Played straight for the whole main series, with the kids getting one power each. However, it turns out that someone could easily hold all four at once, just like Whitemane did.
  • Parental Obliviousness: At one point late in the story, enforced by mental blocks. In the 2000 miniseries the block has been removed however and both parents are now fully aware of their kids' superhero antics.
  • Parents in Distress: The Power parents find themselves in danger in the very first story arc, and several times afterwards.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: During their Origin Story (both in the regular series and in the "Power Pack: Day One" story of the all-ages series), the four kids are dressed in their pajamas when not wearing their costumes since the Snarks kidnapped their parents in the middle of the night.
  • Powers as Programs:
    • In all incarnations of the team they received their powers from an alien that passed them on to the kids. In the original series, the kids could swap their powers around or give them all to the same person. The Snarks at one point also take all the kids powers and give them to one of their own. Downplayed however by the fact that the kids don’t automatically know how to handle the powers given to them, and have to relearn after each swap.
    • And the all-ages series features an example of a universal depowerer: The Hand’s superpowers suppressing magic equally effects Power Pack and Wolverine, despite the former being normal humans given powers by an alien and the latter being a mutant whose powers come from a genetic mutation.
  • Precocious Crush: Jack has one on Kitty Pryde in the all-ages cross-over with X-Men. She doesn't return the feelings and Jack finds out she is already in a relationship with Colossus.
  • Puberty Superpower: Averted; the oldest of them was twelve though the arc where Alex apparently turned into a Kymellian invoked this trope.
  • Puppy Love: For a while, the comic seemed to be setting up a relationship between Franklin and Katie despite them both being no older than five.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Snarks are reptilian and generally nasty.
  • The Runaway: Both Jack and Franklin Richards in the all-ages version, the former for being fed up with his siblings, the latter since he was tired of always being considered 'the child of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman' instead of people seeing him as a person in his own right.
  • Sapient Ship: The group had a sentient "smartship" called Friday.
  • Sapient Cetaceans: In a particularly AnviliciousGreen Aesop story, the Powers run into a whole pod of these.
  • She Is All Grown Up:
    • In the Avengers crossover mini-series with the future story, future Katie has traded her cuteness for smoking hot.
    • Also Julie in the pages of Avengers Academy.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sibling Team: The four Power siblings are a superhero team.
  • Sixth Ranger: Franklin and Kofi both join the team later in the original run.
  • Sizeshifter: the "density" powers allow for this by either increasing or decreasing your density.
  • Stylistic Suck: Both the first issue of the all-ages comic and the first issue of the 2020 series opens with a comic book written and drawn by Katie, recapping the Pack's origin story and powers. Subsequent issues of the 2020 series have their recap pages also drawn and written by Katie. In both cases, the comics really do look like they have been written and drawn by a preteen kid, complete with drawing errors and spelling mistakes.
  • Super-Cute Superpowers: A side effect of the velocity powers is that the user leaves behind a rainbow colored streak when using them.
  • Super Family Team: Four siblings, superhero team.
  • Super Speed: one of the primary abilities of the “velocity/Lightspeed” powers. The upper limits of this super speed are unknown, but in the all-ages version Julie performed feats like outrunning/flying the villain Speed Demon and breaking the sound barrier.
  • Super Toughness: The "density" powers have this as a side effect when the users increases his/her density.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: In the mainstream Earth-616 continuity, the Velocity powers allow for this. Julie discovered this ability when she wanted to be in two places at once during the 2000 miniseries. Sixth Ranger Kofi Whitemane also possesses this power.
  • Temporal Paradox: Happens in the all-ages series, specifically in Avengers & Power Pack Assemble #4. The Pack are thrown 10 years into the future by Kang the Conqueror who goes on to defeat The Avengers and other heroes and conquer the world. The Pack meanwhile encounter none other than their future selves 10 years older. Julie realizes the paradox and asks her older self how this is even possible, who simply handwaves it away by claiming it has something to do with parallel timelines.
  • Token Flyer: Flying is the main power associated with the Velocity Powers, which Julie has most of the time. The 4 kids tend to switch powers however, so the role of the Token Flyer has been held by all four of them at least once.
  • Touched by Vorlons: An alien gives the kids their special powers in the first issue.
  • Translator Microbes: It's implied that the kids' costumes have universal translators built in.
  • Trial Balloon Question: Seeking assurance from her mother, Julie (who has super-speed and flight at the time) is told she would still be loved "even if you grew wings and flew".
  • Unreliable Narrator: Both Katie and Jack are guilty of this when telling Franklin Richards about their team’s origin in the “Power Pack: Day One” miniseries, with Katie claiming Aelfyre Whitemane used a magic wand to give them their powers, and Jack bragging how he was the fearless leader that led his team to victory. The others quickly call them out on this however before telling Franklin how things really went.
  • Very Special Episode: The Pack starred in one special anti-child-abuse comic book, as well as another with Cloak and Dagger centering on runaways.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Like most siblings, the Powers bicker and argue a lot, but they really do love each other and work well as a team.
    • Special mention should go to Katie and Franklin: Especially in the early parts of the series, whenever Franklin was around Katie would turn into a little terror and they were always fighting and calling each other names... though it soon turned more good-natured, and the comics were always hinting at a possible future romance between the two.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: As the kids are preteens, they naturally have to attend school in between their superheroics.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Whitemane's entire race gets this when the Power Pack discovers what was done to their parents, in addition to discovering certain... glaring moral deficiencies in their society. Among other things, this includes Kofi's uncle essentially tricking the Power Pack—who are a bunch of primary-school children—into fighting against fully-trained adults in a gladiatorial arena without any form of defined limits or even actual consent. Not to mention they have grown so used to artificial environments as a consequence of destroying their world that natural environments are actually repellent to most of them. Whitemane, it seems, was not a typical example of his race. Fortunately, they get better.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Exemplified. Wolverine was a regular guest, even notoriously showing up on a cover of Uncanny X-Men looking as if he were about to skewer Katie like an olive in a martini. Most team-ups took place in this book during its original run (though they did make appearances in Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, Thor, and Secret Wars II), and the all-ages miniseries are almost all team-ups.
  • Would Hurt a Child: the Pack's enemies hardly ever have any issues about fighting or using lethal force against a bunch of preteen kids. In the all-ages version some villains, notably Kraven The Hunter and Kang the Conqueror, try to avert this trope, claiming fighting kids is against their standards or something like that and offering the Pack a chance to bail out of this without fighting, but are quick to make an exception for Power Pack when the heroes provoke them enough.
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back: Taskmaster's reaction to the Power Pack's costumes in the all-ages series. More specifically, "1991 called, they want their big metal boots ba-AAAAAAAAAAACK!"
  • Your Favorite:
    • When Franklin and Friday head into space to rescue the Powers, the Fantastic Four search for him. At the time, the Richards family was staying at Avengers Mansion, and with his parents often absent, Franklin had bonded with the Avengers' resident butler, Jarvis. Hoping they will find Franklin (and, at that point, knowing and loving Franklin as well as any of his family), buys as many of of Franklin's favorite foods as he can remember to welcome him home.
    • "Oboy! My favorite!" became a catchphrase for Franklin under writer/artist Jon Bogdanove's tenure on the series, representing Franklin's willingness to try any food (and most activities) that the Power family put before him (a minor facet of Bogdanove's portrayal of Franklin as a very lonely little boy, as at the time he had almost become an incidental character in The Fantastic Four, a series where his own parents were starring characters).

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