By Brian Michael Bendis
We start with a man in rags asleep in an alley asleep, peeing himself.
Cut to a dark-haired man and a dark-skinned woman interviewing another guy in front of a body that has been brutally non-lifed and there’s life juice everywhere. A blonde woman walks in, looks smug, and everyone begins arguing.
We cut to what looks like a studio where the body is talking on a monitor when suddenly its head ‘splode and becomes non-life.
We cut to Dark Hair Man and Dark Skin Woman and Blonde Hair Light Skin Woman talking to Obese White Guy.
Then the panels get all wonky and strange colored and people are floating and there’s martinis... I dunno, it all boils down to the Blonde Hair Light Skin Woman yelling again.
Cut to a diner where the BHLSW and DHM are talking. Then there’s something with a news reporter, then the DHM and the DSW are talking... I gotta learn these people’s names...
A guy and a girl are in a room hooked to green IV bags and they seem stoned. Then there’s some kids drinking and a girl gets sick and a something pops out of her back.
Then DHM and DSW are in an autopsy room with the body of first non-life person. End.
What’s on the cover?
The blonde lady is in a nice suit and is showing her badge to the “camera.” Nice and nondescript, but dynamic and works with the story.
How’s the pictures?
The art is most of the reason to buy this book. No kidding, if you loved Batman: The Animated Series or minimalist art, this is the book for you. Simple lines and images with bold, bright colors and deep blacks make this comic a gorgeous look through, even if you aren’t sure what the hell is going on.
What really happened?
Turns out the dead person at the beginning was a god, and not the first god to die. Detectives Walker and Sunrise along with Agent Pilgrim are on the investigation to track down the other gods in the group before they die. They find one and find out his powers are broken. Add in some interpersonal drama (Pilgrim and Walker were partners, Sunrise is watching Walker, etc.) that comes with a long standing series and you have the story.
The morgue spot at the end verifies that one person is killing the gods, not just them killing each other.
Did I like it?
I really enjoy this book. Like, really really enjoy this book. It is not the best superhero/crime book out there (that’s GCPD and its run), but it is very good at what it does. I love the marriage of the simple art and complex storytelling, although I wish they were married a little better to tell the story. As it stands, the visuals are great, but stand apart unless they are married with the words. This is strange given that this series has told silent issues in the past and is dependent on giant, moving splash pages at times. A great series, but this is not the best entry point. Anyone who wants to read Powers should track down the trade “Who Killed Retro Girl.”