Slyly commenting on our own media obsessed culture, this third volume of Powers features the fall of another hero, the Superman-like Olympia. Getting under the skin, so to speak, of such a towering figure is not only what every citizen wants to see but also may well be more than they should ask for. In such exposes, great idols fall and all anyone can remember is the scandal and the hot babes, not the heroism or the dedication to using powers for good. This volume is a little more scattered than the previous two, with a number of storylines that don’t quite hang together. Then again, this is a cop show, basically, and the individual storylines are accomplished and intriguing. My favorite thing, by far, is the extremely funny and completely appropriate guest appearance of Warren Ellis, author of The Authority and Transmetropolitan, as a civilian doing a ride-along with Detective Walker. Who better to comment on the world of Powers, and, I might add, be cracking one liners with great speed and agility?

Powers, vol. 3: Little Deaths
By Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Michael Avon Oeming
Image Comics 2002

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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