Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? by Brian Michael Bendis

So what happens when you’re the cop who has to solve the murder of a beloved superhero?  How about if you’ve just been assigned a green partner who’s never worked on a case involving powers before?  These are some of the questions answered by Brian Michael Bendis in his Powers series of graphic novels.

Detective Christian Walker does not have the easiest job in the world.  Some might say the exact opposite, since Walker has to find out who killed Retro Girl.  Oh yeah, and the Captain’s saddled him with a green rookie, to boot.  Still, despite the fact that both Walker and his new partner, Deena Pilgrim, are perfectly normal mortals, they end up going out and questioning a slew of heroes and villains throughout the city, searching for leads.  Added to the mess is another case of Walker’s where he ends up having to babysit a 9 year old girl.  Written in a gritty style with realistic dialogue and clear though simple art, Who Killed Retro Girl? is an intriguing and fun look at what cops have to deal with in a world where the most powerful citizens routinely act outside of the law.

I enjoy graphic novels that are gritty, and I have always been a fan of hardboiled detective fiction, so for me, this series is practically a dream come true.  Full of surprises, not just about the case but also the main characters, each volume of Powers is hard to put down before it’s done.  If you’re going to give Vol. 1 a try, I highly recommend that you go ahead and check out at least Vol. 2:  Roleplay.  You just won’t want the story to end.

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