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Powers: The Definitive Collection Volume 1 HC: v. 1 Hardcover – 8 Feb 2006

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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (8 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118053
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TK on 31 Aug. 2006
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This hardcover collects the entire excellent first year of Brian Michael Bendis' Powers, complete with all the 'DVD extras' you'd expect from a Marvel hardcover (the big highlight being the hilarious Powers based kids colouring/activity book). The premise, essentially NYPD Blue with super-heroes, is great and the story arcs are full of black humour - a wonderful gritty look at what a world filled with super-human beings might really be like.

The artwork is also excellent. By dispensing with the usual 'photo-realism' of standard super-hero fare and replacing it with wonderful stylised characters against a noir backdrop of big, blocky skyscrapers and dank, dark alleys, Powers draws you into its world beautifully.

So, why only three stars? Well, the editing on this volume is abysmal! Don't get me wrong, I know that Bendis is famous for typos in his comics, but the number in this volume is unacceptable. Words are missing or misspelled so frequently that it ruins the flow of the dialogue, which would otherwise be a real treat (the snappy banter between characters is reminiscent of a Tarantino script), and at one point, one character starts referring to someone by a completely different name without any explanation! Also, some of the double page spreads are laid out in such a way as to make reading them literally impossible without tearing pages out. It's a shame and it spoils an otherwise wonderful book. I'd recommend that people stick to the paperbacks - they still have the odd typo, but nowhere near as often as this bizarrely.
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I did enjoy this, although I didn't think it was Bendis' finest hour. Another reviewer points out that you can't always see all the dialogue due to the binding. This is true but only up to a point, and I wasn't overly bothered by it.

The stories are cool, I like the noir super hero thing. The art is also good. The characters' banter is getting there but not quite at the level Bendis has produced since. That said it's interesting to read something from his early days.

Unfortunately a third of this book is extras. I love to see cover galleries, and unused art, I really do. But not to this extent. There is an entire script in there, and it just doesn't make up for the lack of story! The original Powers collections were the same as I recall which is a real shame as the comic itself is worth a read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DocBhoy on 6 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming creator owned brand of superheroics is a different take on the usual spandex nonsense out there . The hardcover collects the first two story arcs - namely Who Killed Retro Girl and Roleplay , as well as some extra stories from after these two runs . As the creators initally planned these arcs to be read in complete format , they read a lot better in this collected edition , rather than in the monthly comics , to the point that it can sometimes be hard to read where each 'chapter' begins and ends .

The tale surrounds the new partnership of two police officers in the homicide division of a police precinct who deal with 'Powers' related incidents ( ie superhero murders ) . The dialogue , as is to be expected from Bendis , is on the money , humourous , and modern in it's style . The art is more stylised than those schooled in the Liefield / Lee school of muscular torsos .

Also included is the usual raft of articles related to the series inception , as well as clips from the funniest letter column in comics .

PS Beware , the language is X rated !
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great comic! 10 April 2007
By Donald N. Bernier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful collection of an amazing series. Bendis is at his best in this series and Oeming's art is excellent. The only reason this collection didn't get 5 stars is because of the binding. Because it is hardcover some of the art and word balloons are cut off. It wasn't that big of a deal for me because I have read these issues previously but if you haven't you run the risk of breaking the binding when you try to open the book up to see the complete pages. Still well worth the price!
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
It's so poorly bound that some pages cannot be read 13 Nov. 2009
By Rick Rottman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this, but I can't read it because of the way some of the pages are bound. I got to page 9 and had to skip over stuff because over half the dialogue is missing because of the binding.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good Story, Bad Collection 4 Jan. 2010
By Patrick Kunkel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really like this story but there are some major execution issues with the collection. The binding, as said in other reviews, is despicable and honestly makes some parts of the story impossible to follow. Also the actual story content is pretty thin and makes up only slightly over two thirds of the page count. If these problems aren't addressed in the printings of the future volumes I will probably move to paperback collections.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Who Watches The Watchmen? The Police Of Course! 19 Oct. 2012
By Jonathan Balofsky - Published on Amazon.com
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Superhero comics have been around since the 1930's and their roots are even older. The question is then, how to keep it fresh. Many things have been tried and many things have failed. Many make the mistake that darker and edgier comics make better comics, and that is simply not the full story. Darker and edgier only make the comics better if it fits the comic. In this instance it does that spectacularly. Combining police procedurals and superhero comics is an interesting idea that is handled well. In the hands of a lesser writer and lesser artist, this would not work but Bendis and Oeming make it work and it works amazingly.

The reason I took off one star was due to gutter loss which hurt the art a bit but otherwise this is very much worth getting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
defective product 17 Nov. 2013
By DG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am reviewing this based on the quality of the physical product, not the story. Do yourself a favor and get the trade paperbacks of powers. I bought a copy of this first printing of the deluxe HC and, as noted by other reviewers, the binding is absolutely horrendous. I cannot fathom how these made it to the market. You'd think at least one person at the printer would have opened them and said "we can't ship these! It would be disrespectful to our customers!"

Basically, the binding is so tight and the left/right margins so small that on the two-page spreads (there are a lot) a large portion of the page is cut off. In some instances, entire dialogue balloons and panels are cut off, making the scenes impossible to follow. And less you think I am complaining of a mere inconvenience, let me be clear: there is no way to see the rest of these pages short of ripping them out of the book.
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