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Great series, shame about the editing,
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This review is from: Powers: The Definitive Collection Volume 1 HC: v. 1 (Hardcover)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.