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on 10 October 2010
I've read the first volume of Brian Michael Bendis' Powers a while ago, but only now had the time and concentration to write about it. This won't be a proper review of the book but a simple comment as I don't remember the details.
I must start by saying I'm a fan of Bendis, after having read some of his works for Marvel and now this. Powers is marvellously built, including a believable society, great characters and an interesting detective story that develops into much more than a simple investigation. Of note are his depiction of the media, one can recognize the usual broadcast media behaviour even through its adaptation to a world with super-powers, and some of the characters, mainly Callista and Deena, who piqued my curiosity as I got to know them. The writing is great and Michael Avon Oeming's illustration is as good as I could picture for this story. A nice detail is the inclusion of some supplemental material, with some short stories and the full script that originated this comic.
This first volume doesn't make for an absolute favourite of mine but the series do seem to have potential to become masterpiece material. I'll surely read the second volume of Powers, but it won't be soon as my shelf is already full of unread books.
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on 7 June 2011
I've just started collecting this series and it's a great read. The premise of an FBI team who investigate crimes involving Superheroes (or Powers as they are called here) is a great idea and seems fresh in a medium which can often feel very repetitive. Oeming's 'noir' style artwork is perfectly suited to tell Bendis' dark detective stories.

This is one of those titles which has obviously been carefully thought out in advance, there are things which happen in this fist volume which don't really seem important till much later in the series and that's a mark of a clever writer IMO.

Another reason I like this book is the text-heavy nature of the pages, some people may find it too much but for me it gives you value for money, with plenty of story in each volume.

Not the best series I've ever read but very, very good.

Edit: I'm up to volume 12 with the series now and it gets better and better. Have upped my original review from 4* to 5*. I'll be reading through this series again many times in the future I'm sure, it really is awesome.
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on 12 May 2004
Being a follower of Brian Michael Bendis' work in the US comics scene since his run on 'Sam and Twitch', I decided to pick up his hard-boiled-crime-story comic co-creation (along with Michael Avon Oeming), 'Powers'. It features an interesting premise: police detectives who investigate super-hero/villain homicides. True, it has just about all of the cliches you've come to expect from the genre. There's the loud, overbearing captain who wants our heroes to get the job done, and no excuses. There's the smarmy jerk cop who's always trying to butt in on our heroes' case, and knows just the wrong things to say. Let's not forget the spunky-yet-tough babe partner of the story's focal character. And of course we've got the medical examiner/ forensic pathologist who gets a bit too technical with his explanations, and eats his meals in the morgue amongst the fresh corpses in a nonchalant manner. Finally, and most importantly, the main protagonist has had a 'fall from grace' as it were, as well as a deep, dark secret. If you're looking for originality in these areas, you'll definitely be in for a disappointment.
But it wasn't really the settings or stock police-story cliches that drew me in; it was the dialogue. Bendis has a gift for penning amazingly realistic back-and-forth conversations between characters, and the many moments of sniping, bonding, and just plain revelations in this collection flow with the right tempo and intensity (granted you can picture the conversations in your mind, that is). The quality of the artwork may be a bit off-putting to some- Pat Garrahy's quasi-cartoonish renderings are reminiscent of the animated 'Batman', 'Batman Beyond', and 'Superman' shows, although the language & situations are significantly more mature in nature. Personally, I found the art a refreshing change from the usual over-done super-hero-style doodlings. 'Powers' is one title that proves that the art isn't necessarily what makes a good comic book.
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on 2 August 2010
I have recently been looking for some new comics to experience and the fame of Brian Bendis plus the reviews from other Amazon customers convinced me to give Powers a go.

I was so disappointed.

While Bendis' dialogue is good, it didn't blow me away as it seems to have done for others. I like the art style but at times it seems almost unfinished. Like Oeming ran out of time while drawing.

Neither of these things would be too much of an issue if it wasn't for the actual plot. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who wants get this book but the plot is so flimsy it beggars belief. The "big reveal" of the killer at the end left me thinking "Yeah, so?"

So many people love this book that I wanted to give it a chance so I bought the second volume to see if things improved. I would say the second one was as much of a disappointment as the first. However, the first set the bar so low, that wouold be a lie.
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on 5 January 2011
I bought this as a present so I can't comment on the novel, apart from it's one of the top 50 recommended graphic novels on every list I found. Transaction was smooth and book arrived in time for Christmas.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2004
Read this. That's all I really need to say but let me elaborate. Brian Michael Bendis is arguably the top comic book writer in the Industry. If we don't see some of his work make it to the silver screen, it will be a travesty. Bendis is a god, who writes dazzling dialogue.
Enough of me singing the writers praises. This book truly is a must have. We follow the fledgling partnership of Walker & Pilgrim (who work in the 'Powers' department of the police force) as they investigate the death of Retro Girl. Oemings art gives this book a unique look which contributes to readability completely.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2001
Let me put this quite simply. Buy this book. If you're a fan of comics, or even if you're not, this is essential. Brain Michael Bendis is a true genius when it comes to dialogue, no hyperbole. This man can write lines that sparkle off the page and will have you laughing out loud. Following the cases of Walker and Pilgrim, homicide detectives who work special 'powers' jobs, this book flows from the first page to the last so easily that you will not stop reading until you have finished, and as soon as you have, you'll start all over again. With just the right balance between humour and social commentary, Bendis and Oeming are creating the book of their life. Let's just hope the new-found fame this book has helped them stumble into doesn't turn into a hurdle for Powers, because if there is a God, He'll want them to keep churning this stuff out for years to come. Buy this book.
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