- Series: Powers (Book 8)
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (May 18, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785117423
- ISBN-13: 978-0785117421
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Powers has been an inconsistent series, and these days it's still inconsistent, but in a different way; certain aspects of the series have finally reached a point where they're consistently fantastic, while others are pretty consistently ludicrous.
Walker and Pilgrim are finally back together for what seems to be for good-- though nothing is assured in the world of Powers-- and the President as declared the use of powers to be illegal. As anyone with half a brain would expect, when you outlaw something, only those who would use it for evil still use it. Walker and Pilgrim are reduced to cleaning up the messes, for there's no real way to arrest a power any more, unless they screw up somehow-- until someone in a Retro Girl costume, with real powers, takes down a suspect Walker and Pilgrim are pursuing, raising the question: will good powers turn outlaw in order to return to fighting evil?
The parallel to today's "if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will own guns" argument is obvious, and as right as Bendis' take on this is, it's delivered with all the grace and subtlety of a dead fish to the belly. The clumsiness of the storyline delivery is doubly confusing when, after all this time, Bendis is finally starting to get all his ducks in a row; this is the first issue in which Pilgrim's character has seemed to actually be something consistent, for one.
It's decent, but frustration is beginning to take its toll. It needs to cohere, or Bendis and Oeming risk losing their fan base. ** ½
Powers brings hardcore crime fiction and superheros together in an irresistible mix. The artwork is drawn if a cartoon-like style that seems to mirror the style of the old Batman animated series. The coloring also adds to the sense of mood. Each page is a pleasure to look at. However, be warned--this series depicts hard violence, so if you're sensitive to blood and gore, this book may not be for you, but if you're looking for something a little more mature than mainstream fare, this may be what you're looking for.
Telling superpowered individuals what to do is one thing, stopping them is another. A Retro Girl lookalike appears, and Walker is shocked to discover who it is.
Vol. 8 may not be his best work, but Powers is a must read series. (Also Avon Oeming's artwork is classy, clear and tells the story wonderfully. This isn't a book dominated by the artwork, and I mean that as a high compliment.)