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Powers, Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
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Sep 25, 2011

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, science-fiction

Meh. Decent enough police procedural/superhero graphic novel. Bendis is fairly strong on realistic dialogue, though he doesn't differentiate the voices enough. The plot's moderately interesting, the characters . . . not bad (but really? Christian Walker? Deena Pilgrim? obvious much?) albeit somewhat cipherish, at least so far. The big stumbling block is the inordinate number of grammatical and format problems. Bendis REALLY needs to hire an editor who knows things like the difference between "hold" and "holed." And Oeming really needs to make page layout clearer; several times, it is hard to determine whether one ought to read vertially across two pages or horizontally as usual. And, when you're going to reprint floppies in trade format, you should really design the pages so things like words don't get sucked into the binding. . . . The basic concept is interesting enough, and there's clearly a lot of room here for further development, but it didn't blow me away.

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