Super-powers, like fame or wealth, can be a mixed blessing. Powers are great, but when they lead to blackmail, death and massive stress they’re definitely not all that you might hope for. That’s the premise beind Touch, one of the four books in the DC Focus line that try to portray what it would be like to have superpowers in the real world. It’s an interesting premise, classic in its own way. Unfortunately, it’s so hard to like any of the characters in this comic that it’s also hard to care about anything that happens to them.
Cooper Santiago is a man with the ability to give anyone he touches super-powers. He runs an agency with his partner Cynthia Murakami to perform these feats for profit. Unfortunately Santiago is kind of a loser – he has trouble handling his business affairs, manipulates others and has an unlikeable personality. Oh, and he’s haunted by another meta-human who walks through walls and rants about government conspiracies.
All of these elements don’t quite add up in this comic. I found I didn’t care to know more about either Santiago or Murakami. I also found the art by Craig and Rollins and colors by Avalon Studios off-putting – the art feels claustrophobic and depressing, while the colors make the world of the comic feel even murkier.
There’s a lot of potential in this concept, but thus far Touch doesn’t look like it will achieve it.