Saturday, October 29, 2011

Powers v13: #2

Z: Part 2 by Brian Michael Bendis (writer) and Michael Avon Oeming (artist) - The plot thickens. The most interesting developments come at the end of Part 2 when Christian confronts some people from his past. The encounter and the scenes leading up to it help to add some depth to the flashbacks in part 1.

The bulk of Part 2 focuses on a flashback to 1944 when Christian, Z, Billy, and Goose were costumed heroes. They didn't stay on the home front. They went toe-to-toe with the Nazis, including a giant robot. The flashback helps to fill in some of the gaps, adds background material, but doesn't seem to provide any vital pieces to the puzzle. They are fun, cool pages that are big on action.

Rereading Part 1 helped to illuminate what was happening in the first three pages of Part 2. Christian's girlfriend is receiving visions from his past. It is tough to say at this point why or how the visions are coming to her but they aren't all pleasant visions. These three pages may actually have been part of the previous issue. There are no clear chapter breaks in this or any of the other Powers collections.

Powers is a creator-owned series published through the Icon imprint of Marvel Comics

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