POWERS #6 Review (Mania.com)

By:Chris Smits
Review Date: Friday, October 01, 2010
Source: Mania

Detective Christian Walker is no stranger to leading a double life. As an immortal “Power” who lost his abilities and became a homicide detective, he specializes in the cases where the superhuman community is involved. Having once been one of them has come in handy at times and yet has also been particularly horrific at others. He and his longtime partner Deena Pilgrim have solved so many cases but all of that has changed. Deena has been replaced by Detective Enki Sunrise and their working relationship isn’t nearly up to par with where Walker was at with Pilgrim; and there is, of course, the secrets Walker is keeping. Secrets like the fact that he has powers again and a hidden role as the cosmic guardian of the planet Earth.

Which is kind of a big deal.

But there may be some people growing suspicious of Walker these days and asking questions. So how will his new partner Detective Sunrise respond to these questions? As Walker is off doing the whole Global Protector gig, something happens that’s going to require the immediate involvement of his plain clothes self...

A God’s been killed.

Don’t let the low issue number fool you. This book went through a renumbering/relaunch a few months back but this book began it’s publishing run years ago. Bendis and Oeming have created one of the most well respected creator-owned books on the market and it’s a respect that’s well deserved. This is a mature title and a great source of storylines for fans that love superhero books but are ready for a more adult take on the genre.

Powers mixes the superhero with adult crime drama and the results are the best that both of those things have to offer. Bendis has consistently written exciting stories in this book with characters worthy of speaking some of the wittier dialogue he comes up with (which is quite a bit).

This issue is no different, and the crime scene banter in the opening segment comes off as being quite natural with it’s dark humor. Series artist and co-creator Michael Avon Oeming excels in this setting and the artwork here is just as much the flavor of the book as Bendis’ writing. In fact, I don’t think Powers could work without either of them.

Cover art to POWERS #6 by Michael Avon Oeming

It has a charisma that comes together when these guys put out an issue and it happens every time! Seriously, I have read every issue published in this book’s run and I’m hard pressed to say that any issue in the entire series was bad. This issue just reminded me of that fact with the story taking some surprise turns for the potentially awesome and Oeming’s art blowing me away for the gazillionth time.

With this new story arc looking especially good, I can’t recommend you jumping on board this book any more than I am right now. There’s no time like the present and (if you like what you read) you can pick up the readily available trade collections to go deeper into the history of the characters. Powers #6 gets an A for this issue and shows that it really is worth your attention and deserving of a try if you’ve never read it.

Mania Grade: A
Title: Powers #6
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art and Cover by: Michael Avon Oeming
Colors by: Nick Filardi
Letters by: Chris Eliopoulos
Published by: Marvel/Icon
Publication Date: September 29, 2010
Price: $3.95