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Saturday, May 19, 2012 

Bendis' Powers series has a pretty poor take on superheroics

On Graphic Novel Reporter, they wrote a short review of Powers: Anarchy, which offers a clue to why Brian Bendis could write such an unappealing take on the Avengers:
For decades now, comics have been taking on the meta question of what would really happen if there were actually superheroes in the world. Would we trust them? Vilify them? Elevate them to godlike status? In Powers, the world is turning on them and questioning their need to exist.

Even worse, someone is murdering them viciously. Previously, Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim were heading up the homicide investigations, but with Walker now retired for a year, Pilgrim is forced to take on a new partner.
Even if a supervillain is wiping out the heroes seen in this graphic novel, it honestly sounds hard to swallow that any of these superheroes, if they have superhuman powers, could fall down so easily at the hands of their killers. And the book's tone sounds so negative, I can't see why anyone would care about this tripe.

But I guess that explains why Bendis would have such a terrible take on the Avengers and a few other Marvel books he's written to boot. It's clear he's another of various modern writers who don't have much admiration for superheroes.

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Powers is a really dumb comic. I remember a friend loaned me a trade paperback back in 2009 or 2010 and called it a "must read..." but I didn't care for it at all.

I get nuked regularly for saying this, but it is painfully obvious that Bendis heads a modern wave of hacks who really despire superheroes. It may seem counterintuitive to say this but he really does NOT like superheroes and his treatment of these characters, which he did not create of course, is what stopped loads of people continuing reading.

They can point to the zero point energy level fluctuations in their sales but Disney and Warner have basically wiped out 90% of the pre existing market for the comicbooks.

Films, whatever- sure. But the comics themselves not so much.

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