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Another comic based article that is going to have no pictures for right now. That’s because again it’s not really safe to google image search it at work. However, it is, in my opinion, another very good comic.
Powers is a Brian Michael Bendis comic which I might have talked about him before, but he’s one of my favorite writers. His comics tend to be wordier than most, but not too wordy. In fact, I’d probably say that Powers is my favorite comic, though it isn’t one that is too lighthearted.
Powers follows around a pair of detectives, one who used to have super powers and another who never did, as they work in the super power crime division. They struggle through cases that show how the world of super powers and the regular world often butt heads. It also looks at what comes along to those who are considered heroes and paints them in a human perspective as well. The cases are tough, and the two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim grow and change throughout the series in very interesting ways.
For me, the world and the characters are what really drive it. The art by Michael Avon Oeming is good and fits the story well, but isn’t the standard art work that you see in comics these days. But the simpler art style works well, and the interspersing of news paper pages throughout the comic really helps you fill out the feel of the world.
Just to talk some more about the world, I’ve touched on it, but with Christian Walker having previously been someone with Powers you start to see into the world in interesting ways. His story is very interesting as now he’s almost a bad guy to some people with super powers, obviously the police are bad guys to the villains, but to the super heroes, he sometimes is the bad guy who enforces the laws, versus letting them deal out justice like they would hope. Deena is also an interesting character as she’s new to the world of super power crimes, but as a bright up and comer with a chip on her shoulder, it’s a balancing act for her between the world she wants the police force to be and the world as Walker sees it.
Now, let me quickly, before I put in my disclaimer, talk a bit about why I like it beyond what I’ve already said that pertains more directly to the comic. What makes it work for me is that you take a super power society and really change the focus from those with powers to those without and see how they interact within the world. In Marvel and DC comics you basically always see the heroes saving the day, you don’t get to see the more mundane grunt work that the police would be doing around super powered people as well. It also does a good job of showing the divide and the life that you would guess would be happening for super heroes, because they are heroes, that you only kind of get to see with Tony Stark (Ironman) and the problems that he has. This takes it to a grittier spot, but does so well.
Now the disclaimers, I mentioned that I won’t be posting pictures until probably a later time because you have to be careful with what you find for Powers. Powers, like Saga, has that blend of violence, sex, and language, so like Saga, I would recommend it for a more mature audience. Clearly for me that doesn’t take away from the comic books themselves, but it is going to be an issue for some, so be aware going into that. There are panels that sometimes seem like a bit much, but for the most part, it really does tie directly into the story, so it isn’t just language, sex, or violence for their own sake.
So just to end this on a nicer point, I do think it’s well written. It creates a really good story and a very involved world. Bendis really does a good job with his comics and I highly recommend this work of his, but also basically anything he’s done for Marvel and now for DC. Even if Powers isn’t your cup of tea, definitely check him out.
Let me know if you’ve read the series and if you’re enjoying it? Who are some of your favorite characters? Let us know in the comments.
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Continuing on the previous series of articles, we now hop over into the DCU, to meet their greatest heroes.
Superman: The Son of Krypton, and for much of his time, he thought that the last of his race. Sent to earth as a young child, Superman was raised by two human parents before finding out how truly different he was. Superman lives up to his name, in that he is about as powerful as any hero out there. He is the Man of Steel, he can fly, he has X-Ray vision, and is generally pretty immune to most things. So, how do you make an interesting story off of that? I would argue that is where the movies have struggled greatly, it is hard to make that interesting a story when you hero is basically all powerful, but where good Superman stories work isn’t about something being stronger or tougher than him, but someone being able to manipulate him and put him into a situation that isn’t nearly as favorable as he tries to keep make himself appear. As an alien, he just isn’t completely sure of his place in humanity and often anointing himself the protector of humanity he gets himself into troubles because he can’t live up to the level of good that he and society hold him to.
Batman: Probably more famous than Superman, Batman is the terror that flaps in the night… wait, that’s Darkwing Duck, but Batman is the Dark Knight, he considers himself outside the law, seeing governments become corrupt, and he brings justice to the bad guys, often by sending them off to jail, but he is able to operate outside the law. In the real world he is rich kid Bruce Wayne whose parents were killed in front of him as a young kid. He has used that to fuel his desire to clean up the streets of his Gotham and turn it the great city that his father wanted it to be. However, Batman seems to attract villains (it would be boring if he didn’t), and he attracts the real crazy villains. Batman, at times, can be a fairly straightforward character, but his villains are unparalleled in either DC or Marvel.
Wonder Woman: She is a princess on her own island and part of the race of Amazonians. Her race and lineage are based off of that of Greek mythology. She leaves her island after an airplane pilot crashes there and needs help to be taken back to civilization. Once in humanity as a whole, she realizes that she can do good with her lasso of truth and bracelets that can deflect bullets. She strives to provide justice not as much through violence and destruction but through reconciliation, or at least she did originally. My experience with Wonder Woman is primarily based out off Justice League and most interesting when she is part of the group. I’m sure that she has some very good solo adventures, but many of her villains are Justice League villains, or not that great in terms of villains.
Green Lantern/Hal Jordan: I’m specifying which Green Lantern, because there are several of them. Hal Jordan was an airplane pilot and a bit of a thrill junky. His life was a struggle though as he followed in his father’s footsteps as a pilot, facing the demons that came along with that since his father has passed away in a plane crash. That didn’t stop Hal Jordan, but his life changed when an alien crashed onto Earth and was dying. He passed on a green ring to Hal which turned him into the Green Lantern. The Green Lantern is a major player in the whole DC Universe, going far beyond Earth, fighting other alien races, and struggling the skirmishes between the different lantern colors. His stories often are the Earth or Universe shattering events, and a lot of the time in the larger cosmic and DC Universe events that involve all the characters, the Green Lantern is one of the main players.
That is just a start on superheroes from DC. Are you looking forward to the Wonder Woman movie?
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