I'm a big sucker for crime stories that involve superheroes. Two of my favourite books that fit this trope are Gotham Central and Powers, the latter of which is currently being turned into a TV series on FX. Powers introduced me to the full extent of Brian Michael Bendis' problems with decompression (too much text, not a lot of action in panels), but the rich storyline and interesting characters kept me hooked. There were parts that I skimmed through, but this issue wasn't one of them.
But while this issue seemed like the "classic" volumes of Powers, I couldn't help but feel that there was large amounts of the plot ripped off from Garth Ennis' The Boys; minute details of what superheroes will do when they have too much power and a little bit of mental instability echoed really badly for me. I could hear myself saying "I've read this before," which is never a good sign.
Which is a pity, because I think that this book could lead to some really interesting developments for the world of Powers as a whole, and I'm confident saying that I'll be adding this book to my pull list.
It's just a pity that there had to be a little bit of sourness in order to get itself there.
The Verdict: Four sidearms out of five for involving long-standing contuinity and some pretty awesome sequences; would have been perfect if it didn't seem shamelessly ripped off from The Boys, shock value and all.