Powers Vol. 2: “Roleplay”

Powers Vol. 2: “Roleplay”

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Series and volume: Powers Vol. 2
Title: “Roleplay”
Edition reviewed: Image trade paperback (second printing), 2002
Collects: Powers #8-11 (single issues published by Image, December 2000 to May 2001)

Synopsis When live-action roleplaying ends in murder, Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim must find a super-powered serial killer.

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming

While not quite on par with its iconic debut volume (see review), this second Powers collection is still a very fun read. Writer Brian Micheal Bendis is a gifted crime writer with an expert ear for dialogue. With Powers, he’s creating a rich world of crooks and capes that maximizes the use of both genres. But his greatest strength is perhaps characterization: Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim already feel like living, breathing people.

On the art side of the house, Michael Avon Oeming continues to mature as an artist. While the overall approach is the same – cartoony style, innovative page design, xerographic repetition, etc. – his line is bolder and more confident. This series is as much his vision as that of the writer.

Just two volumes in and Powers is well on already way to establish itself as one of the quintessential titles of the ’00s.

Status: Permanent collection

File under: Law & Order: Superpower Investigation Unit

Powers Vol. 2: “Roleplay”

POWERS VOL. 2: “Roleplay”
Published by Image and © Jinxworld, 2002
Cover by Michael Avon Oeming

Extras in this edition: “Anatomy of a Cover Concept” and “Powers That Be: Five Minutes With Michael Avon Oeming.”

Other Collected Editions

The “Roleplay” story arc is also collected in:

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