What, Brian Michael Bendis again? I’ll admit, I’m a wee bit biased, but he’s also one of the few authors who consistently works in this genre. This time around, with Oeming’s artwork a wonderful vision of traditionally bright animation cast into sharply shadowed relief, the tale starts in a world very much like our own. There are those who have Powers. No one’s quite sure how it starts — if it’s in their genes or it’s something acquired — but those with Powers are responsible for using them as they see fit. They become either heroes or villains — regular folks will be arrested if they so much as go near a costume without the correct pedigree. In this city, a regular cop has his hands full with Powers and civilians alike — until someone commits the ultimate, unimaginable crime of murdering the best and brightest of them all, Retro Girl. Then Detective Christian Walker, with rookie partner Deena Pilgrim in tow, must investigate the ultimate of cases, forcing him to face his own secretive past.
Powers, vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?
By Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Michael Avon Oeming
Image Comics 2001