Monday, 4 March 2013

Powers: Bureau Issue 1 Review

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

Superhero, Crime, Action


A new chapter of the Eisner Award-winning POWERS that sends Deena Pilgrim into the big leagues! Pilgrim is now a federal agent and dealing with the biggest powers cases in the entire country. But will this new life close the closet full of skeletons she carries with her? (Absolutely not!) And what does this mean for her old partner, Walker? This is a bold game-changer for the iconic crime superhero comic that started it all and an amazing jumping-on point for new readers.


When it was announced that the iconic comic book series 'Powers' was going to return, I wasn't sure if they were going to be able to capture the lightning in the bottle that made the original series so brilliant.

I shouldn't have worried at all.  Not considering the original team of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are the ones involved.

It really does appear that Bendis is trying to take over the comic book world with the sheer amount of titles that have his work all over them.  Avengers, X-Men and many more have all been in Bendis' more than capable hands and this is no different.

The writing here is definitely up to his very high standards and the story grips right from the very first page.  The really good thing about this title is that even though these are well loved characters returning and that fans are absolutely clamoring for their return, you can pick this  title up and enjoy even if you have never read any of the 'Powers' comics before.  That's the beauty of Bendis' writing.  Pretty much any issue is a good start point for a reader and a new fan because he has an uncanny knack of being able to make the reader understand and care about what is going on, even when you may have missed an issue.

As always it's the characters  that are the best part of this comic book.  Deena Pilgrim's return is absolutely fantastic and I really enjoyed seeing what had happened to her since the last stories but there was someone missing.  Walker.  Where was he?  What's happened to him?  Well, we get a quick glimpse of that at the ending and I, for one, can't wait to see what is going to happen to them both and what has happened to Walker himself.

Art wise, Michael Avon Oeming once again knocks it out of the park here giving the issue a dark, gritty feel to it.  In fact, it kind of feels a little bit like a 70's thriller but modern at the same time.  Oeming is the master of using the surroundings, the shadows and even the smallest of facial expressions to get across an emotion without using reams of dialogue.  In fact, it's issues like this that show just why his work is so well respected.

All in all, I am absolutely chomping at the bit to get my hands on to the 2nd issue of this.  I can't wait to how Pilgrim and her partner are going to handle being in the FBI and I can't wait to see what has happened to Walker himself.

Definitely one to pick up.

Story 4/5
Art 4.5/5
Overall 8.5/10

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