Powers vol.3 #1

Powers vol.3 #1 Review

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Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Mike Avon Oeming, Nick Filardi

Detective Christian Walker returns in this new regular run, one which will hopefully avoid the shipping delays of the past two volumes. This issue finds a nice balance between following the continuity-heavy story and providing a jumping-on point for newcomers. Not only does Walker have feisty new partner Enki Sunris to deal with, but the murder of an old friend triggers an Ocean’s 11-inspired 60s flashback sequence which paints a far different picture of the stoic lawman.

Powers vol.3 #1

Powers vol.3 #1

Really, it’s business as usual for Powers. Bendis still writes snappy dialogue, and while Avon Oeming’s heavy inks occasionally comes off as a little slapdash, he still lends the series a style entirely its own. Powers doesn’t quite have the clout it once did when realised in 2000 – Alan Moore’s Top 10 is a superior read, and Oeming’s once influential art has been reproduced to better effect by many others – but it’s still a decent read that deserves to survive for a good few years more.


Carl Doherty has written about movies, video games, comic books and literature for almost a decade, forging ill-informed critiques for numerous websites, blogs and publications that no one has ever heard of. His debut novel, the epic fantasy comedy Welcome to The Fold, is available now on Kindle here (UK) and here (US).

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