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Powers, Vol. 4: Supergroup (Powers #4)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,374 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Widely considered the best storyline of this Eisner Award-winning series. When one of the key members of a popular supergroup is found violently murdered, the events that follow unveil the federal government's multi-layered control of the super-hero elite and how far they will go to cover up. Walker and Pilgrim are forced to make choices that will forever change their live ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Image Comics (first published June 24th 2003)
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This is easily the best out of the first four volumes and definitely catapults the series into the next level. I was really taken aback by how intense things got and how much actually happened. It really activates the scope of the series and represents what they think is important and what direction things are going to go in. This was incredibly intsense and dramatic with unexpected and satisfying results. I'm very upset about a certain character's end however as I hoped to see a lot more of thi ...more
Even though the previous volumes where pretty good, this one is the best so far. There are more action scenes, more emotions, and features the most interesting case so far.
The art starts out great, and it is as same as it was in previous volumes, but by the end Michael Avon Oeming starts using a pen, instead of a brush, and the results are even better.
Just a great read.
Geoff Sebesta
I'm reading these because Oeming's art goes down smooth as a milkshake. The story is beyond bad. I think I read this once before, which is why I'm maybe so critical of it now.

Basically this is the adventure of one extremely bad cop and the various circumstances which conspire to justify her. In this volume she tortures a suspect. 'Cuz she had to, I guess. Am I reading comic books to second-guess moral justifications for imaginary characters? Because this game is old. I figured this one out with
THIS is where Powers finally embraces its superhero roots and gives us something memorable and exciting.

It explores the deep seated problem between superhero Supergroups, especially a trio of black superheroes who are having a falling out. One of them ends up dead in the bathroom, and another one on the run.

It ends with a terrific conspiracy and a superhero battle in the heart of the city, with an ending that will change the world of Powers forever.

The series has been mostly simple murder and ca
I wavered between 2 and 3 stars for this one. This is one of those cases where half stars would be helpful. It was a entertaining story but not good enough that I could see myself picking it up to re-read again or feel the urge to recommend it like I do with most of my favourites. Also, I know that Powers came out before The Boys series but since I read The Boys first which featured similar ideas I found that the stories in Powers just didn't have the same impact. Nor are the characters are inte ...more
Feb 11, 2009 Abby rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I liked this one better than the others in the series so far. Probably because Deena plays a more minor and less annoying role than usual and because the storyline is more complex and intriguing than the past volumes. I don't know if that's enough to make me want to keep reading this series, however. The "How to Make Powers" feature at the back (a magazine piece on how the creative team behind "Powers" puts the comic together) was very interesting and informative however. Since most of the carto ...more
Solid. Not too conspiracy-theory crazy, more like just enough. Going interesting places with the in-universe theme.
The best Powers I've read so far. A great arc, a gruesome one, and so many complications for the main characters.
Give 'em credit, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming really know how to hit you in the gut with material that can be downright silly in someone else's hands. Powers:Supergroup is a police procedural wrapped in a conspiracy thriller wrapped in a super-hero comic. I've never been a huge far of Oeming's visual style, but it works here. Bendis always knows exactly when to pop the clutch and send the story into overdrive.

Supergroup is a story of a government-funded super-hero squad that finds its
Nick Klagge
Despite the high recommendation of a well-respected friend, I just never got into these books. I am not generally a comic book person but I did read and very much like Watchmen. The "Powers" books never seemed to achieve the same depth of character and plot that Watchmen did. My friend says that a lot of what's great about Powers is how the authors riff on the comic-book form, so that's something I definitely wouldn't have been able to appreciate.
Sinister government conspiracies murdering superheroes always make for an interesting read.
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Jeff Raymond
People really, really, really like this arc. I did too, but not as much as I've liked the first or second volume, truly.

Not much else to say about it at this point except that the game changes somewhat at the end of this book, which is something I did not expect. But Brian Michael Bendis tends to be pretty awesome at this sort of thing, so I expect nothing less in the next volume.
I recently read the entire "Powers" series by Bendis. It's amazing. Volume I-III are just okay, but starting with Volume IV, it rocked my world. He takes such a simple premise -- two hard-nosed big-city cops working superhero homicide -- and turns it into an amazing journey through society, psychology, and suspense. A great read for anyone who likes capes and capers.
Jan 18, 2009 Jack rated it 5 of 5 stars
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A terrific entry in the Powers canon, with some great action and real stakes. I am continually impressed with this series' deft blend of police procedure and superheroes, as well as its ongoing plot threads and perfect art. Very glad that I have 5 more of these waiting on my shelf to be read!
Jessica Woodbury
Really impressive to see Bendis & co. set up hints at the plot of this volume in earlier ones. I know my feed will get boring with the constant addition of Powers, but I find them fun and impressive. Nice to have a graphic novel around to turn to.
A compelling story and more excellent world building. The book draws me in and makes me want to know all there is to know about this world, the superheroes, and the main characters- particularly Christian.
By far the best of the POWERS series so far. Probably one of the better arcs i've come across in any comic. The city becomes the real character here.
A volume of "change", Bendis switches it up a little, character-wise while continuing the anti-powers theme. Good, open ending.
This volume really, REALLY steps up the storytelling. Awesome police drama combined with super heroes.
Zach Danielson
Probably the best Powers installment so far.
This is where this series really takes off.
Greg Shelander
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot
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