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Powers: The Definitive Hardcover Collection, Vol. 1 Hardcover – January 25, 2006
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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.
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.
A definite must buy for all fans of powers.