Sunday, 9 June 2013

Powers: Volume 2 - Roleplay Graphic Novel Review

Review  By Patrick Challis

Written By Brian Michael Bendis
Art By Michael Avon Oeming
Cover By Michael Avon Oeming

Published By Image Comics

Superhero, Thriller


Homicide Detective Christian Walker and his partner Deena Pilgrim work homicide cases that involve Powers but this could be  the most disturbing case of their careers!

A group of college kids who dress up like their favorite heroes in a D & D style game, are all being murdered one by one.  The path of brutal violence leads the detectives to the most unexpected places.


After the sheer brilliance of the 'Who Killed Retro Girl?' storyline, I honestly couldn't wait to read Volume Two.

To be honest, this volume is more of the same. Normally that would be a big problem for a release. However here it's not. When the quality is this high then I'd welcome more of the same.

While the quality slips slightly when compared to the classic volume one, this is still a very high quality release.

The idea that someone taking out each of these geeky kids who are dressing up as their favorite heroes was a great, self contained story. Yes the city is still dealing with the death of Retro Girl and that's mentioned here, you don't need to have read volume one at all to be able to enjoy this release.

The relationship between the two detectives also grows and gets some background to both of them. I can't wait to see where they are going with the little bits of information that were revealed here.

Also the mystery surrounding Johnny Royale deepens as well so that's another thing I can't wait to see.

The artwork is the same high quality as volume one and the film noir-esque nature of the artwork just really does add to this story. The use of shadows and darkness is completely inspired.

Bring on Volume 3!

Story 4/5
Art 4/5
Overall 8/10

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