Review – Powers TPB Vol One Who Killed Retro Girl by Brian Michael Bendix & Michael Avon Oeming

Powers Vol One, Who Killed Retro Girl TPB is a very interesting book, its a noir Police procedural drama, that happens to follow a Police Division that investigates Power related crimes. It takes Superhero comics down to ground level, and totally reinvents the genre. From the very beginning you get the message this is not your usually superhero comic book at all.

Powers is from the pen of Brian Michael Bendis who has to be one of the best dialogue writers in comics today. The book follows the investigations of Detectives  Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim. Most of the story involves a lot of walking, talking, clue following and the like; it is after all a Police procedure drama. It doesn’t sound all that enthralling, but add the stylised Batman Anime art work of Michael Avon Oeming, the banter of Bendis and you have an amazing comic book on your hands.

Here is the synopsis for Powers Volume One – Who Killed Retro Girl. Heroes glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire. Flamboyant villains attempt daring daylight robberies. God-like alien creatures clash in epic battle over the night-time sky. And on the dirty city streets below, homicide detective Christian Walker does his job. He has to investigate the shocking murder of one of the world’s most popular superheroes, Retro Girl.

Walker has teamed up with spunky rookie, Deena Pilgrim, as the murder investigation takes them from the seediest underbelly the city has to offer to the gleaming towers that are home to immortal beings. As hidden truths about Retro Girl come to light, Walker finds that to solve this crime, he may have to reveal a dark secret

That sums up this book, it tells a gripping story right from the bottom of the rung in super hero comics, from the cops point of view. Every element of this book works, the art, the layout, the dialogue all combine to bring an epic reading experience.

Very rare do I read a book that makes me go wow, and pour over it again to catch all the details I missed. Yes, I know Powers has been going for a long time now, but the Trades are hitting hard and fast. Which make for a great jumping on point for new fans of the book, like me.

People waffle on about Watchmen, and about The Dark Knights Return as the definitive in this medium. Both are fantastic examples of what you can do with comic books and are genre busting. Well Powers Volume One is up there with them without pretending to pretentious at all. This is a real good book that kick starts a fantastic series. Pick it up today!!!.

5 Thumbs up out of 5

I kid you not, this series is amazing.

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