I had some misgivings about these characters when they first came out. The "Tragically Hip" attitude and promiscuity made light of what it was to *REALLY* be a late teen/young adult, who had yet another set of superhero complications to everyday life. To hell with feeling like an outsider, to hell with being in a cultural limbo. I didn't much care at all for the whole "Nameless mystery" of where powers came from- and how it kept changing. I didn't much care for "we just want to be loved" or whatever "angst", coming from characters with more firepower than a small army and had no problems wrecking passenger trains or other wanton destruction of property. I hated the DV8 opposition team and how they had to be incestuous, gay, drug abusing, etc to qualify as bad. Bad can just be bad without dressing it up. All of that wasn't real to me, just an X-men knock off. down to even the super base mansion, android maid, unlimited hyper tech resources. a mysterious (has unknown motives, still pretends to be the good guy) benefactor/team instructor. Cheesy cliche perils and escapes. Also, could they be a little less obvious with the whole Elemental scheme for powers? Grunge-earth, burnout-fire, rainmaker-water, freefall-wind, and "by our powers combined" Captian plane- er, Caitlin Fairchild.
It just really smacked of "Cool art", "Buzz words", and "Angle", but let's pour tons of "FORMULA" writing on to it. If any comicbook person out there ever sees this comment, take it with a grain of salt and try to something really novel. go into untested waters, Break cliche's. I am not saying that the Teen superhero is a beaten dead horse, but seriously. Go back to the streets, go back to school, Go back to limited ramen resources, go back to having a falling apart bike and wanting a car, go back to wondering what you are gonna do with your life, go back to when everyday life felt like you were screwing up.
tell a real story of a real person who becomes a superhero. it worked for spidey didn't it?