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Crossroads Comics #135-Power of the Universe

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for Crossroads Comics!

This week we’re taking a look at Power of the Universe by Hobo of Justice. This comic is based on a Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Double Nuzlocke challenge and follows Richard and Aron as they venture through Sinnoh. Right away that’s something unique about the comic, as Double Nuzlockes aren’t very comic, with the only other big name one to come to mind being the Double Nuzlocke Series by Mizj. However, Power of the Universe very different form the Double Nuzlocke series. It’s darker and tackles much tougher issues that test bonds and relationships in a way that hopefully makes all the characters stronger in the long run.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s talk about the run itself more. Power of the Universe has a very strict ruleset, including four addition rules to the usual nuzlocke set. These are: Challengers fist bump after each catch, Recovery and held items can only be used during Gym and Elite Four fights, “Set” battle style, and Blacking out (losing all party members) results in challenge failure. Three of these things really up the stakes during fights especially against Team Galactic. It makes each fight that much more dangerous and really brings home the emphasis that anything can happen. The comic also does well to really develop a lot of the characters and makes them easy to get attached too. But this also means that it hurts all the more if they’re among the losses.

Another thing I really like this comic is its style. Overall it makes the comic very pleasant to read. Plus, the fact that Hobo of Justice gives each Pokémon a unique design so that even duplicate designs can be differentiated is very great. It shows a real knowledge of the struggles both parties (the artist and the readers) feel in this situation and makes it easier to not only read but also tell who each character is. All in all it’s a very smart decision that is much appreciated.

Overall this comic is a very interesting read that’s visually very appealing. I won’t go into much detail because I don’t want to give away spoilers, but especially with the most recent update, it appears the plot is starting to get a move on. While we aren’t exactly sure what that entails just yet, the fact of the matter is the storytelling prowess this comic shows cannot be ignored. It may take a bit to binge but it is well worth it.

And be sure to check out the rest of the comics in this week’s lineup!

Crossroads Comics
Chronicles of Starclan I wonder what she means by that.
PMD: Chanterelle Back to the infirmary!
PMD: Wildfire Is that our hero?
Pokémon Rising Shadows Remember kids, follow the rules and stay in school.
Pokémon: Shadow of the Sun An easy target!
Renegade’s Redemption Fighting with a smile!
Shinka: The Last Eevee The delivery of a much needed hug.

ComicFury Comics
CMYK Introductions have been exchanged! Time to head home.
Pi and Pea’s Nuzlocke Will they trust Reshiram?
PMD: Anamnesis This Dusknoir empty YEET!!
PMD: On Borrowed Time Poor Wigglytuff is such a mood though.
Power of the Universe Hmm something seems off here.
The Essence of Being Bird has a point.
The Long Way This is a loss that definitely hurts.

Deviantart Comics
Change of Pace Uh oh… that’s not good.
Deadly Syns Ohohoho the plot thickens.
Explorers of Shadows How will they proceed from this?
Milos from Home Well that works.
Penumbra The aftermath of a painful loss.
PMD: Adventures In Viraska He’s got a plan! Let’s hope it works.
Reecelocke Let the starter battle begin!

Off-site Comics
Ask Another Clone And so we learn her name!
Ask the Candy Devil Sweet treats whoo!!
Ask the Divine Inferno He seems a lot scarier than he actually is, promise.
PMD: Zenith Skies Wonder what that Emolga is talking about.
Ruined Haunts The town might have the supplies they need.
Steven Universe: Switcheroo AU She’s very extra isn’t she?
The Tale of Two Rulers They’re rubbing off on each other.

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