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Powers: The Definitive Hardcover Collection, Vol. 1 Hardcover – January 25, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118053
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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Customer Reviews

A definite must buy for all fans of powers.
Adam Shelp
If these problems aren't addressed in the printings of the future volumes I will probably move to paperback collections.
Patrick Kunkel
Walker, as well as the preview comic strips in an attached appendix.
D. Brent

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donald N. Bernier on April 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful collection of an amazing series. Bendis is at his best in this series and Oeming's art is excellent. The only reason this collection didn't get 5 stars is because of the binding. Because it is hardcover some of the art and word balloons are cut off. It wasn't that big of a deal for me because I have read these issues previously but if you haven't you run the risk of breaking the binding when you try to open the book up to see the complete pages. Still well worth the price!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Rottman on November 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this, but I can't read it because of the way some of the pages are bound. I got to page 9 and had to skip over stuff because over half the dialogue is missing because of the binding.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Kunkel on January 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really like this story but there are some major execution issues with the collection. The binding, as said in other reviews, is despicable and honestly makes some parts of the story impossible to follow. Also the actual story content is pretty thin and makes up only slightly over two thirds of the page count. If these problems aren't addressed in the printings of the future volumes I will probably move to paperback collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Balofsky on October 19, 2012
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Superhero comics have been around since the 1930's and their roots are even older. The question is then, how to keep it fresh. Many things have been tried and many things have failed. Many make the mistake that darker and edgier comics make better comics, and that is simply not the full story. Darker and edgier only make the comics better if it fits the comic. In this instance it does that spectacularly. Combining police procedurals and superhero comics is an interesting idea that is handled well. In the hands of a lesser writer and lesser artist, this would not work but Bendis and Oeming make it work and it works amazingly.

The reason I took off one star was due to gutter loss which hurt the art a bit but otherwise this is very much worth getting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik Tinberg on March 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I wish I could review this book as the body of work it may be - but the binding of the book is so unacceptably poor that it renders entire dialogue bubbles unreadable. Every page lacks any padding or margin before the spine - meaning that the printed page runs right into the spine.

The artwork is (often) noticeably cut-off and more offensively, any dialogue or exposition bubbles. I've read another review on here state that these binding issues existed into the Second Printing, which is mind-boggling. As it stands, the product I currently own is defective to the point where it aught to be considered Cursed. If this is re-sold, what poor sap is going to be equally as frustrated as I?

I'm planning on contacting Marvel (as they own Icon) and inquire about an exchange. Failing that, the next home for this book may be the recycling bin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave X on October 25, 2011
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This comic it's the aproach of the normal person and how he look this super human people, it's about a detective that he is specilized in superher-superhuman crimes, the art it's interesting (like Batman The animated series from the 90's) and Bendis delivers a relly interesting desconstruction of the superhero myth. In 2012 it's going to be a TV series.
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By D. Brent on May 25, 2011
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I am of the school that usually holds Ed Brubaker and Brian Azzarello as the modern comic masters of noir and crime stories. Bendis however, pulled this one off with an original subset in the Image universe. Working in law, there are admittedly a few tiny distractors in the Retro Girl story arc of what cops can't/won't do, but to focus on those would be too much, and perchance that's why Bendis only tells from the POV of the police and not the lawyers.

I sincerely thought I would have a problem with somebody who isn't Tim Sale or Darwyn Cooke producing this artistic style, but Oeming latched it into my brain, and as he says in the appendices, Oeming's art is an homage to Tim Sale and Sale's influences.

The art of a story goes a long way towards driving the arc and championing the mood and everything else of the story. Most impressive to me is Oeming's Eisner-like fascination with shadowing. It never ceases to distract when even the best artists don't pay attention to lighting.

Both stories in this collection are far above the curve. The art is an excellent companion to Bendis's writing. You also have included a short story, imagining fellow writer Warren Ellis in a ride along with Det. Walker, as well as the preview comic strips in an attached appendix.

Perhaps my one complaint is yes, this is a 400 page book, but nearly half of those pages is bonus material. I am not the kind of comic fan who lives to see how they are made, I don't care about scripts. Letters pages are usually funny, and these are, but that's my only gripe, but I still stick on 5 stars as these gripes have nothing to do with the stories.
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By DG on November 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am reviewing this based on the quality of the physical product, not the story. Do yourself a favor and get the trade paperbacks of powers. I bought a copy of this first printing of the deluxe HC and, as noted by other reviewers, the binding is absolutely horrendous. I cannot fathom how these made it to the market. You'd think at least one person at the printer would have opened them and said "we can't ship these! It would be disrespectful to our customers!"

Basically, the binding is so tight and the left/right margins so small that on the two-page spreads (there are a lot) a large portion of the page is cut off. In some instances, entire dialogue balloons and panels are cut off, making the scenes impossible to follow. And less you think I am complaining of a mere inconvenience, let me be clear: there is no way to see the rest of these pages short of ripping them out of the book.
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