TV battle of the supeteens

PICTURE the scene - one day, in one town, everybody who gave birth happened to spawn a superhero.

Actually, it wasn’t a small town. It was San Francisco. And their children, although they all received superpowers, were not automatically superheroes. I mean, they got super-strength or what have you, but that didn’t make them particularly heroic individuals.

The result was pandemonium, for a while. Until shadowy media and political bigwigs got together, and decided to make the whole thing into a reality show, where these youngsters got the opportunity to fight, fight and fight again, live on television, for the opportunity to join a government-sanctioned superteam.

This is the plot of AMERICA’S GOT POWERS, and it’s such a simple idea that it makes you wonder why it hasn’t been done before.

It’s co-written by Jonathan Ross - yes, that Jonathan Ross. His wife co-wrote and produced both Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, so he should know his stuff.

This is the start of a six-part series. It’ll probably be a sell-out, so tune in now.

> YOU’VE read the comics, and you’ve seen the movies that are based on the comics.

You’ve probably played the computer games based on the comics, or maybe you’ve played the computer games that are based on the movies that are based on the comics.

So now (deep breath) here comes the comic that’s based on the computer game that’s based on the comics.

If you haven’t been lost in a world of post-modernism by this point then you are probably quite excited by BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED. It’s nice to have a new Batman series which doesn’t immediately reach for the Joker as your lead villain. Instead there’s a nuanced plot of schemes-within-schemes, featuring Two-Face, Catwoman and Dr Hugo Strange.

Henchmen with big guns, trigger-happy government goons, explosions, smoke and big punch-up - sometimes that’s what you want from your comics and that’s what this delivers.