Looking Back to Look Forward to Powers
Story: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Micheal Avon Oeming
Publisher: Image Comics (2000-2004), Icon Comics (2004-Current)
Publication Date: 2000-Current
I want to start by talking about Oeming’s work on Powers because it simply is perfect! I have heard it compared to Bruce Timm and Alex Toth. I can’t look at any of the three’s work without thinking of Flesmein’s Superman, so whatever.
Mr. Oeming takes Mr. Bendis’ scripts and creates a cinematic experience that flows and immerses the reader in settings and characters that become vivid and so credible that I feel that I could walk his streets and recognize the players in this story. There is nothing more to say than the art in this book fits the story so expertly. If you ever meet Micheal Avon Oeming; shake his hand, pat his back and tell him that’s from my friend Dave!
Mr. Bendis, you do not have to know me very long or very well to probably fall victim to one of my over enthusiastic rants about organic web-spinners or jet packs on R2 units to really want to avoid a conversation about what you, Mr. Bendis, did to the Marvel Universe! What this guy finds between the panels in everything that has been put in an Essential collection drives me nuts!
I have always said and will always maintain there are few writers working in the biz that can technically write a better story, while I pound my fists and pull my hair to what he does to my childhood memories. At least he does it with style and an unsurpassed talent.
Taking us finally to Powers. It is simply put, a gutsy, passionate look at an ex-super trying to be a cop in a world full of super-powered, spandex wearing heroes and villains. Frame this up in a story telling style that references the very best of film noir and every cop show you grew up watching since the ’70s. Throw in a rookie partner with a bad case of hero-worship and a weak stomach at crime scenes. Hey, why not splash a little bit of a mysterious past and some sexual tension. Then combine all this stuff to end up with without any question one of the best comics written in the last 20 or so years! So hopefully the next time you are at one of those conventions ya might want to say, “Mr. Bendis nice work on that Powers thing Dave really thought it was great!” Then punch him in the arm for his Ultimates work.
So now I sit in a very unusual frame of mind actually looking forward to seeing Powers being made into a TV show. After what we saw with the Walking Dead. (Don’t get started on the CDC episode, not everyone has been reading comics and geek stuff for all long as you and they needed the help to suspend belief. Also stop talking to yourself.) I truly believe that a fantastic piece of comic history can be translated to moving pictures and if not I will just have something new to rant about.http://pokupo.com/2011/10/11/looking-back-to-look-forward-to-powers/ComicsTVBrian Michael Bendis,Image Comics,Powers,Walking Dead