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Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? Paperback – January 31, 2001
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"Powers" is character driven and full of dry humor. The storyline is very dark, in the same tone as "Seven." The animated-style art work is excellent at portraying the serious subject matter, and the dialog between characters is perfect. I don't know another writer that has such a grasp of dialog.
The conscious use of panels is something I haven't seen since Matt Wagner's "Grendel." There are few creators in comic books that make full use of the comics medium, and most creators follow somewhat standard layouts and formulaic story lines. This is a comic for people who enjoyed Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics."
If you are a fan of fun, high-quality, intelligent comics, you should read "Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl?" It is that simple.
The artwork by Oeming is very cartoony and reminds me a lot of the character designs for the DC realted animated series (such as Batman and Justice League) but with some of the best lighting effects and shadowing I've ever seen in a comic book.
All in all, Powers is simply one of my favorite titles out there. A rich and detailed noir atmosphere that doesn't disappoint on any level.
As a side note: check out TORSO, my favorite of Bendis' adventures into crime-drama.
Then a friend introduced me to Brian Michael Bendis.
Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? is in the super hero genre...but not. It starts of the series with a bang, and what's most interesting about the use of super hero storylines is that it explores the strange side stories you would never hear about in an issue of Superman or Daredevil. Super heroes in the news, as regular people, their home lives, what they are before and after powers, and how what they can do would effect the "real world" around them.
This is truely a unique series and the writing of Bendis in any comic shows what the medium can really do. This was my introduction to comics and it ensured I would continue to come back.
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This is the first "Powers" collection that I've read, and I enjoyed it so much that I'm confident I'll be ordering and enjoying all the rest of the volumes. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Scott McFarland
Ironically, I read through both the first and second volumes of Powers before I managed to find this one at my library. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Timothy W. Lieder
I am up to Volume 12, and I'm still buying and I'm still reading. I liked this first volume just fine, but it didn't blow me away. However, over the next few volumes, it did. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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