January 16 has come and gone. For Andrew Power, it was another workday, and a celebration of sorts. For four years the animator has been producing Aptitude Test (aptitude.surfacingpoint.com), a teen superhero action webcomic. Power draws and writes the adventures of his characters, Julie, Rina and Momentum, as they battle zombies, robots and mutants—-thanks to Rina’s high school aptitude test, which suggested she’s best suited for a superhero career. Like Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series and its Toronto setting, the Halifax comic isn’t about the city itself, but is grounded in cultural landmarks. “It’s my own universe to play in,” Power laughs.
After four years of updating the full-page comic every Monday, Power has built up a fanbase, whom he often consults (he says his readers are mostly the “normal comic” demographic). This year he wants to increase the frequency of the strips and open an online store. For now you can check in every Monday or grab Aptitude Test: Cheat Sheets, available at Strange Adventures.