Sunday, February 17, 2013

Powers: Bureau #1

The Powers series is a tough one to nail down - it's a police drama in a world where superheroes exist. It throws in some science fiction, mythology, sex, adult situations and lots of cussing.

It's sort of comics by way of Quentin Tarantino.

The focus is on two investigators (formerly with the police, but now with the FBI): Christian Walker is a former "Power" (read: superhero) who dropped his secret identity when he lost his powers - and he joined the police force in their special Powers Investigation Unit. His partner was Deena Pilgrim, who gained powers, sorta lost her mind, lost her powers and has joined the FBI.

This is the latest restart for the series, as writer Brian Bendis and artist Mike Oeming create the hard-hitting, grim world these investigators have to face.

This is not a series for everyone - it's often vulgar, ugly and sometimes disgusting. But it's also action-packed, compelling and loaded with great art and story. It's up to you to decide if it's your kind of comic.

This story is about as rough as it gets. The FBI is investigating a black market that deals with Powers semen. Yep, you read that right. It's responsible for death and mayhem and our investigators may face the same fate.

As always, Oeming's art is powerful, hard-edged and perfect for this story. Bendis' script pulls no punches.

It's not for everyone - but if you enjoy this kind of crime thriller, you won't find anyone doing it better than this team.

Grade: A-


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