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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; Gph edition (16 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406954
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.8 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,169,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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After the success of a strong first story there is always a worry that you won't be able to catch the lightning in a bottle second time round. This is a low key story but still a very good one. It features kids without powers who dress up as heroes, not to get involved, but to role-play for fun. Good crossover material for the stereotypical comic book reader and not a subject often treated to good quality fiction.

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!
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I wanted to give a new series a try. I'd heard a lot of good reviews of Brian Bendis and the Powers series so I bought volume 1. The art and dialogue were good (although not as good as I expected from reading reviews). However, I was hugely disappointed with the story.

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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HASH(0x8deb6da4) out of 5 stars More of the same, and that is good 21 Mar. 2002
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Powers Vol. 2: Roleplay" collects the second major story arc of the comic series Powers. Like the first volume, "Who Killed Retrogirl," "Roleplay" is entirely self contained and has a complete story from beginning to end.
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8deb6e04) out of 5 stars The comic that got me back into comics. 10 Oct. 2002
By Robert Chang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I stopped reading comics in the mid-nineties. I felt like I had read all of the plots, seen all the characters and heard all of the dialog before. I happened across this book in a bookstore earlier this year (2002), though, and was stunned.
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.)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed18a50) out of 5 stars A Superhero Story From A Homicide Cop's P.O.V. 12 May 2002
By Daniel V. Reilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Detective Christian Walker and his new partner, Detective Deena Pilgrim work "Powers" cases; That is, homicides dealing with Super-Powered victims and/or perpetrators.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dec50a8) out of 5 stars Good but non-essential 10 April 2011
By Timothy W. Lieder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the past month I have gotten hooked on the Powers series and I've read pretty much everything that I could get my hands on. Thus far, I have only Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? and Powers, Vol. 13: Z to read before I have read all the collections. While I enjoyed this one immensely, I didn't take much away from it besides it being a setup to better things later on. The actual mystery carries on the whole Behind the Music vibe but this time it's about the bands that imitate other bands (aka the tribute bands that only Chuck Klosterman writes about) and they get killed like the real heroes. The cover has Christian Walker's costume from his superhero days and I suppose that would be shocking in a deceptive way to people who were reading the series then but I have seen Walker established as a cop first and a former superhero second (with some weird developments beginning with Cosmic) so it didn't have much impact on me.

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.
HASH(0x8dec52e8) out of 5 stars A Realistic Look.. 15 Feb. 2013
By T. Teetson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First off, I want to say that I almost didn't read this. I believed this to be the first volume in the series, and I was immediately turned off by the artwork. Then, just to be fair, I gave the book a chance. I learned that this was the second volume and that I needed to find out what had happened before. Thankfully, Wikipedia exists, so I was quickly able to catch up. I have to say, this series is a realistic look at how society would most likely deal with superheroes. They would, of course, be viewed with some stigmatism by the non-powered members of society. This was pretty inventive, and made me think of Alan Moore's Watchmen. Having read many of the other books in the series now, this book really just brings the audience in slowly to get them used to what the heck is going on. I am glad I gave this one a chance.
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