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Comedy and adventure partner in Kesel and Hahn’s Impossible Team-Up 2B

From the Impossible Jones/Holly Daze collaboration that was central to Unable to team A comes the next chapter in the life of our not quite a favorite superhero. Impossible Jones is still trying to figure out what happened to him to give him his amazing set of super abilities. But that’s secondary to balancing the very delicate situation in her life since she gained her powers – being mistaken for a superhero when she’s actually a thief!

Jones’ trade-off for her current situation is to anticipate which steals she would pull, watch and wait for someone else to pull them, then steal the items and return them for the reward. It’s not a horrible plan – as long as the participating villains are obligingly less powerful than you, which in this case they aren’t, putting Imp in a perilous situation that causes his lucrative plans to evaporate. But before she can dwell on this failure, she’s called into action – literally – by the pure-hearted Captain Lightning, one of the city’s most respected superheroes who can control – and turn into – electricity. Much like Imp, Captain Lightning anticipates the theft of an item – a stone – from a tech company known to make two things: weapons and money. Unlike Imp, Lightning knows exactly who is going to steal this stone: SECTION ZERO’s team of non-existent urban legends!

Yes, you read that right. Impossible Team 2B marks the return of the team that Kesel created with Tom Grummett for Gorilla Comics in 2000! Thom Talesi, aka the 24-Hour Bug, and Reagan Atomic, legacy of the scientific adventurer, are both on hand to lift the boulder before Imp herself can get away with it. But Imp has a few tricks up her sleeve that we’ve never seen before, which will surprise Section Zero, Captain LIGHT and (especially) readers.

Whereas Unable to team B is light overall, it’s not without some serious nuances. There’s a very, very nasty lurking in the pages we’ve already seen. And we learn that Imp may not be the only one posing as a hero in order to accomplish a more self-serving ending. It’s these kinds of treats that elevate this adventure series to something grander, enticing the reader to read the next issue – just like me!

This issue also includes another back-up story from the “dodgy” hero, Even Steven, showcasing yet another possible secret origin for the hero whose power is that he is always an equal match for any enemy he encounters, so that the fight will always be fair. This character is fun to explore, and I almost hope we never get a definitive origin for the character, leaving him to be an urban legend among street heroes.

While the Kickstarter campaign that released this issue has ended, Kesel and Hahn have a new campaign for issue three that includes the ability to get all previous issues as add-ons. But you better hurry! A few more days and grasping these issues will be anything but…

…impossible.