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Powers: “Who Killed Retro Girl?” and “Legends”

March 4th, 2009

Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl?Powers: Legends

Writer: Brian Bendis
Artist: Michael Oeming
Reviewer: Louise
The Powers series is a police procedural tale with a difference; it tells the story of the “Powers” department of the NYPD. In a world with super heroes and super villains, the NYPD needs its own section to investigate super-powered crimes. Such as the murder of one of the most popular heroes ever, “Retro Girl”. Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim must investigate, whilst at the same time confronting their own dark secrets.

“Who Killed Retro Girl?” is the first in the Powers series. Fittingly, it’s a gripping tale, filled with the familiar tropes of the genre; overbearing superiors, wise forensics experts and two mismatched partners who must overcome their differences. The story is nicely paced and holds the reader’s interest throughout, and the artwork has a slightly rough, gritty appearance, well suited to the plot.

“Legends” is the eighth volume in the series. Walker and Pilgrim are still working together, and their job is harder than ever. The use of superhuman powers has been outlawed, forcing the heroes into retirement. Alas, that hasn’t stopped the villains, leaving the NYPD permanently trying to keep a lid on the city. Until someone with powers, dressed as Retro Girl, takes out several villains. Walker and Pilgrim must track down the new Retro Girl, whilst trying to stay alive.

Legends is another gripping tale. Despite being a considerably later volume in the series, it complements “Who Killed Retro Girl?” well, as it picks up the Retro Girl storyline. The “if you outlaw powers, it doesn’t stop the bad guys using them” theme could have been dealt with a little more subtlety, but it’s another enjoyable read.

Who Killed Retro Girl?
Paperback: 207 pages
Publisher: Image Comics (August 23, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1582406693

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Marvel Comics (June 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0785117423

(First published 17/01/2007.)

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