Powers Volume 2: Roleplay: Roleplay v. 2 Paperback – 16 Jan 2002
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About the Author
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, "New York Times" bestseller, and is the current writer of "All New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men", which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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The story is indeed king but unfortunately this means that our protagonists get a little side-lined and we don't get to empathise with them as much. Powers is a delicate balance between whodunit and buddy movie and when that balance is off we feel it. There are a few neat little twists that intrigue us enough to want more so stopping reading is not an option.
The art has the same high quality but with fewer issues to make bold moves it feels more subdued than the initial spectacle. The dialogue is still top notch and the lettering and panelling are really pushing the layout envelope. Unfortunately sometimes you get a little lost and end up reading things in the wrong order. This doesn't spoil the read if you appreciate being treated like an intelligent adult but a few more clues might help keep the flow going.
Absolutely another Thumbs Up. More please!
I didn't want to write Powers off straight away so I bought volume 2. I am sorry to say that the second volume is almost identical to the first. I thought the plot was weak and the simplistic art did not really convey the emotion associated with murder.
However, there may be good news. I disliked Powers volume 1 and I thought volume 2 was EXACTLY as bad. Good news then is that if you liked volume 1, you will most likely enjoy volume 2.
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The strength of Powers lies in its almost flawless craftsmanship. The series balances heavy drama and sharp wit, larger-than-life heroes and fully realized characters. The razor-sharp writing is complimented by the stylized, cartoonish art and drab colors. These are creators in full control of their art form.
Storywise, "Roleplay" brings the concept of heroes down to the level of impressionable college students. Those without powers long to have them. Lacking an incident of cosmic chance, the best they can do is play dress-up. These innocent games draw the wrong sort of attention. Its a Powers comic, so people die. Homicide detectives Walker and Pilgrim are on the job.
This comic had interesting characters, good dialog and a great setting. The plot isn't anything new (tracking down a serial killer) but it is executed well in this setting.
The two main characters, Detectives Pilgrim and Walker, are normal humans who investigate crimes related to "Powers" (superhumans). The focus here is more on the crime and the characters than it is on powers and special effects. This is what makes the comic so good. Instead of 10 pages of laser beams and force fields, you get dialog, characterization and story. Sure, there are superhumans around, but they are more background than focus.
So, if you stopped reading comics because everything seemed the same, give this one a shot. (The first one in the series is not as strong, although still worth a read.)
Their new case is the slaying of a group of College students. All were found wearing Super-Hero costumes. They were part of a campus Role-Playing game that involved roaming the city dressed as Super-Powered individuals (which is illegal in itself, as non-licensed costume wearers are subject to jail time..), and were all "On Patrol" when murdered. All clues point to a long-vanished Mob Enforcer called "The Pulp"....But why come back after all these years....and why kill defenseless kids? This is the mystery at the core of Role Play, and the answer is a shocker.
Brian Michael Bendis' writing is, as usual, top-notch; I do wish someone would carefully proof-read his stuff, though...There are numerous spelling errors, and he can't seem to differentiate between "Yours" and Your's". Stuff like that makes a book look amateurish, no matter how good everything else might be.
Artist Mike Avon Oeming has a deceptive style; It looks cartoony at first glance, but soon draws you in with an amazing depth of facial expressions and true talent for making "Talking Head" sequences come alive.
Powers: Role Play is totally self-contained, and no prior knowledge of the series or characters is necessary. Fans of Superheroes and/or Crime fiction will have a blast.
The storyline is cool. THe characters are interesting. I would give it more stars if it was one of the first ones I've read but I have seen where this series goes and this particular story is pretty light compared to the rest of the Powers books.