Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Monday, February 06, 2006

Powers #16

Ever since picking up the Powers Vol.1 HC i've been a bit rejuvinated about the title (not to say i was ever waning) and #16 couldn't have come at a better time for me personally. This was a PHENOMENAL issue.

Bendis and Oeming are seemingly on the verge of taking this already incredible book to new, greater, and unexpected heights. I literally read this entire issue w/ my mouth hanging open - i was that shocked/floored by it (many hardcore fans may have seen this coming via leaks/previews etc. but i deliberately try and stay away from that stuff so that i get my jolts as the writer/artist intended).

A wild twist unfolds and Christian Walker's life is changed forever (that's about as much as i'm willing to let out of the bag at the moment since i know i've got pals around here still trying to catch up). And as if this life-altering "event" isn't uber-cool enough, Bendis and Oeming's execution here is excellent. The writing and dialogue are as good in this issue as anywhere i've read (from Bendis), and the artwork is the best i've ever seen from this title (by far). You can just tell both Bendis and Oeming had a hell of a time putting this issue together... and it shows.

This may very well be the best issue of Powers i've ever read (and i've read them all), and quite possibly the best single issue of any comic i've read ALL YEAR.

Just when we thought Powers "is what it is" Bendis and Oeming have thrown us a mighty curve ball. This is exactly what is SO good about creator controlled books. These guys can take this title in any direction they want, and they've all but proven their willingness to do so with this issue (above all others). Shake it up... don't be scared. I love it.

Gotta love how there are some comics out there that just feel worth every penny (unfortunately they have to level out the "rest"). I can't remember the last time i've been this excited about the next few issues (and beyond?) of any comic on my current pull list. A+

It was all over when...

PS - Sorry to spend so much energy gushing. seriously. i just had to get that off my chest... this issue right here is why i love comics ;)


07 February, 2006 14:24, Blogger Michael said...

I agree that the plot was exciting and a dramatic change (and that Oeming was on top of his game here) but unfortunately this change seems to take it in a direction that is significantly away from the original premise. And that's why I liked Powers - it was something a little different and this potentially makes it very much like everything else.

Plus I'm fed up with the unnecessary vulgarity in the book especially in the comedian bookends of the last few issues. I rant on about it some more at my own space, but that's the gist of why I'm not liking Powers so much lately. (The whole Icon relaunch has, to me, been something of a slide down for the title, despite having some good issues).

07 February, 2006 16:39, Blogger zilla said...

Michael - i can def feel where you're coming from but i got to think that Bendis and Oeming know where they're going w/ this and won't change the book into some duplicative superhero rag. To be honest i see this whole Walker w/ powers thing as a temporary storyline (even though who really knows). Bendis made it clear in this issue that Walker will hide his Powers from everyone and kind of "use them as necessary" w/ potentially long lapses in between "necessaries". So hopefully we'll still get our chrime book w/ only occasional cosmic defense story arcs? We'll def have to wait and see how this plays out... but for now i'm feeling it pretty well.

07 February, 2006 16:40, Blogger zilla said...

ps i'm also feeling you on the extra crass stand up routines in the beginning and ends of Powers issues these days... i could probably do w/o those.

10 February, 2006 10:02, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

I've got a love/hate thing with those stand-up bookends. They're simultaneously poignant and self-indulgent, and I'm on the fence whether or not the help or hinder the individual issues.

While I enjoyed this issue and it recharged my up-and-down interest in the series, if Bendis focuses too heavily on the cosmic superheroics, I'll likely drop it for good.

10 February, 2006 10:19, Blogger zilla said...

Honestly Guy, i really think that Bendis will control this properly (i hope). I expect to see much of the same crime stories that have made Powers what it is, w/ the "occasional" story where he has to use his powers and or engage in some cosmic this or that. Reading between the lines in some of the dialogue in #16, Bendis seems to allude to this... let's def hope. i loved this issue because it's showing Bendis and Oeming are willing to take this book anywhere, but they def need to make sure they stick to what got them... well... here.


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I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

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