Powers #10, written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Michael Avon Oeming, and published by Marvel’s Icon imprint dropped this week– and it is an amazing issue! To refresh your memory, Detectives Walker and Sunrise, and Agent Pilgrim have been investigating a series of serial murders of “The Golden Ones,” a group of super-powered individuals who were believed to be immortal. These murders became very public when one of the “Golden Ones,” Artemis’ head exploded on a national TV show. A suspect has finally been captured.
This issue opens with the media speculating about what the murders of “Golden Ones” means, and how the world is now altered. Cut to the police station where the suspect, a Doctor Dillon Trumbler, is being questioned. Trumbler is bedridden and in bad shape, the result of exposing himself to a mutated version of the Powers virus that he developed. The art in these panels pops out from the black borders and gutters, with bold Calypso green backgrounds and the character’s faces contrasted in light and darkness. I have gushed about Oeming’s art many times here in the past, and his work continues to be astounding. His art is just infused with a sense of drama that completely appeals to me. Longtime Powers readers will appreciate references made to the murder of Retro Girl in the dialogue in this section. So the question remains, “Why would Trumbler go to all of this trouble?”
It is at this point that the story takes a wild twist. We learn Trumbler’s motives as a confessional video debuts on the news. It turns out that Trumbler and the love of his life, Bonnie, were the victims of absolutely horrific crimes perpetuated by one of these “Golden Ones,” named Damocles. The script is immediately flipped, and Trumbler describes the rape of Bonnie right in front of his eyes, followed by his own violation by Damocles, and being left for dead. Even worse, the other “Golden Ones” helped to cover the entire event up. There was to be no justice. Shattered and destroyed, Trumbler and Bonnie use their backgrounds in chemistry as a means to seek vengeance. The writing and Tumbler’s monologue here are just excellent. The reader will instantly despise the injustice of the situation and forge an empathy for the victims. These events really outline the potential power dynamics in a world in which Powers exist alongside regular men and women. This is yet another in a long line of reasons why I love the Powers comic series so much; they explore the superhero genre in fresh, unique, and insightful ways. So case closed, right?
It turns out that these murders are to have MAJOR ramifications, as the Mother of Damocles appears on the news she explains that:
“The Golden Ones were put here so that man would never fully forget or turn their back on the The Gods.”
Uh, oh. She goes on to explain that:
“The death of my son is the death of your city. THE DEATH OF MY SON IS THE DEATH OF YOUR ATHEIST CIVILIZATION!!”
She immediately starts making good on this claim, and the world quickly starts to become unhinged. Something big and bad is coming. Will this be the end of mankind? Will the Powers be able to save civilization? I, for one, cannot wait to find out. What a cliffhanger, and the start of something big!
In “The Line Up” news section, Bendis talks about his book deal with Random House that will be a “must read” for fans, and those looking to get into the comics business. I must admit that I was pretty elated to see an article that I wrote about the Powers: FBI news from C2E2 printed in this section as well (can’t wait, thank you guys). Also included in this issue is A Powers Study of Wally Wood’s “22 Panels That Always Work” from Michael Oeming which you can also see on his website, and fun two-page comic plug for Bendis and Oeming’s Takio (which is available now, and the kid in you will want to check it out). If you happened to miss it before, feel free to read my interview with Michael Oeming right here on ComicBooked.com. This was a jaw-dropping issue of Powers, and in my opinion, just about the best $3.95 you could spend this week. Don’t miss out! Thank you for reading.