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Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim

(Powers: Definitive Collection #7.5)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most successful and bestselling comic book writers currently working in the medium, and Powers is his best-known original creation. It debuted in 2000 and is currently printed by Marvel's Icon imprint, where each issue sells tens of thousands of copies. Powers tells the stories of human police officers attempting to solve crimes in a worl ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Titan Books (first published January 5th 2016)
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the review that I would have written right after I finished this book months ago would have been much different.
Which is to say there was my feeling after reading this book, and there is the feeling of the story that has stuck with me over (some) time, and how certain scenes really came to life in my mind, as to give me strong memories of certain parts.
Which answers my own question, the one I initially wrestled with upon starting this book, which was/is:

Why this format?

Could this writt
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with these characters in the pages of the comics over a decade ago and getting their characters even more fleshed out was a goddamn treat, I absolutely loved this book. And also to the people reviewing this without ever having read Powers and then shitting on it, you’re fucking idiots, it’s like starting your precious Harry Potter books at the 7th book and not being able to comprehend the characters, it’s clearly not for you, don’t shit on someone’s work because you’re too lazy to ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

I love superhero stories. All the classic comics, plus more recent novels. So when I was offered this for review, I leapt at the chance. It takes a classic detective story and adds superhero elements, based on the comic book series of the same name by Brian Michael Bendis, and an hour long show on the Playstation Network. However, whilst it seemed that I would not be a
Dec 31, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've liked most of what I've read of the graphic novels. And in general, I love the genre blending of noir crime thrillers and super heroes. However, this book does have one MAJOR problem for me. Doing the 'the surprise big twist reveal' once in a noir... that doesn't work. I've seen books try to do that and since the genre is built on confusion that's a no go. However, this book you can do the big twist reveal three or four times without kinda seeming less like a real noir drama and more like a ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deena Pilgrim is a homicide detective in the Powers division of Seattle area PD. The powers division investigates cases where the victims and the culprits have special powers. At one time Deena and her partner Christian Walker both had powers and now they don't.

The novel opens with the death of a very well known champion of justice that was known for trying to bridge the world of human and powered communities. His death is the first of several that somehow seem tied to a large case that took pl
I didn't finish this book. I had about 100 pages to go and I just gave up because I have too many other books in my to-read pile. This is not a bad storyline but it would have made more sense if I was familiar with the comics it was based on. Superheroes being killed because of a secret that happened a long time ago. This is about the cops investigating the murders. The normal people. ...more
Billy Hogan
May 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, comic-books
A copycat murder, similar to a series of such crimes in Deena's hometown of Atlanta during her latter teen years, serves as a vehicle to reveal her background and how she became a police detective. An excellent companion to the comic book series! ...more
Tammy Mallon
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not get it
Andrew Clem
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great look into a complicated character. Deena has many layers and this books helps expose those.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest not as good as the graphic novel but still enjoyable.
Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: superherofiction
Ok so I confess that I know nothing about the graphic novel or the tv-series, but hey that did not matter. But I do say, that graphic novel series sounds good, and I do see traces of it here. It is clearly a graphic novel made into a book. It just you know flows that way, like jumping from picture to picture.

This is a world of super heroes, a virus making them so. We do not see that much of them here since this is Deena's book. But they are there. And there are Humans against them too, since tho
Shannon Appelcline
Back in Powers, Vol. 7: Forever, we learned the secrets of Walker's past, and now, in the first Powers novel, we finally get to learn Deena's story. About her family, her friends, and what caused her to become a cop.

It's an interesting story, and thankfully Neil Kleid does a good job of managing Bendis' characters and his world. It feels very authentic. I kind of regret that this isn't a Powers comic, but the writing feels true enough that I could sometimes picture these scenes as drawn by Oemin
P.D. Dawson
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Though the book is very well written I found it hard to get into the story and not being a fan of the whole super hero genre, I can't honestly say that I enjoyed reading it, but I don't think that is the fault of the author/s, but instead is my fault as I thought this was solely a crime thriller, rather than a story based on the comic and superpowers etc. Yes it clearly states what it is, but at the time I wasn't so picky about the goodreads books I was choosing, but now I am much more careful, ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on the firstreads site in exchange for a fair and frank review....

First off, I think the Powers comic is great. Bendis is a great character writer and his slow burn approach is great in the comics. The Powers TV show is ....ok a bit.
This story is not what I expected, Far from it!
I was looking forward to this but I was very disappointed.
Deena Pilgrim is a witty, sarcastic sometimes caustic little minx in the comics but it does not cross over to the novel format very well. It is ha
Daniel McTaggart
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this book. Moreso because I'm a fan of the Powers comic book. I already had solid conceptions of Deena Pilgrim and Christian Walker in my head. Their banter fit like an old glove throughout this book. It's a challenge to go from graphic novel to novel novel, and it shows in the plot points. The story had a wonderful twisty-turny feel to it, but a few of the elements were glaringly obvious. So much so that I have to wonder how certain characters became a detective in thei ...more
Ari Baronofsky
I wanted to like this more than I did. The dialogue didn't have the Bendis ring to it, and parts of Pilgrim's background were totally skipped. (No mention of her superpowered brother, for one.)

If this were a standalone book, I think I would have enjoyed it more.

Pros: well-written, good use of flashbacks.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book if you like thrills and suspense.
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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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