Before I tell you folks why I love watching Powers and personally think that Powers is getting us ready for the awesome Daredevil Netflix show, I want to tell you the backstory of how Powers came to be.
Powers is an ongoing comic book created by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming. Back in April 2000, Powers (the Comic) was originally produced by Image Comics until 2004. The rights of material switched to Marvel Comics with the imprint name of Icon Comics. The reason for this move was Bendis was creating a new comic book publishing label, with Marvel backing him all the way.
The ideas and inspiration for the Powers comic books were from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons masterpiece novel The Watchmen. Bendis also looked at other types of media like films, books, and cartoon shows, mostly crime fiction and police procedural type materials. That love gave birth to Powers comic book series. Once made in April 2000, Powers gained a lot respect and awards within the comic industry. Powers big wins were the Eisner for Best New Series for 2001, and Bendis won the Best Writer Eisner Award in 2002 and 2003. It was a new take on crime drama in the world of comics.
Powers (the comic book series) is like an X-Men origin story mixed with Avengers type storytelling. It’s a world where people have full knowledge and co-exist with people with super powers. The human race calls them the word “Powers” due to the fact of their many powers they all have. How a person gets a power is when teenagers are going through puberty with a random evolution. Our hero’s name is Christian Walker. Walker, whose super hero alias was Diamond, lost his powers due to a big event with the main villain of the series, Wolf. Walker knows how a power thinks, act and how they use their own power. So Walker joined the new police division in LA called the Powers Division. The Powers Division is like the MIB and Ghostbusters combined. Early on Walker gets a new partner. This partner is a low-level human rookie named Deena Pilgrim. Their mutual first impressions were rocky at best for the two cops. However, they soon become best friends. Their bond is like a father and daughter relationship in the comics. Walker and Pilgrim pretty much agree that you can still make a difference in the world without the use of powers.
Now that we got that out of the way. I would like to explain why I love watching Powers. Since the announcement back on March 19, 2014, Powers has become the first line of original television series on the PlayStation Network. I was really interested in this idea because I didn’t read many Powers comics. My local comic store didn’t promote the comic book enough at the time when it released in April 2000. When I heard about this idea of a Powers TV show, I did research into Powers comic books and saw that it was a really interesting tale of a superhero. Then, on October 11th 2014, a trailer for the Powers show was premiered at New York Comic-Con. I was blown away by the sheer magic of it. It had one of my favorite actors Sharlto Copley, who played in the hit film and a personal favorite of mine, District 9. It also had Susan Heyward as Deena Pilgrim-Christians, Olesya Rulin as Calista, Noah Taylor as Johnny Royalle, Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl, Logan Browning as Zora, and finally Eddie Izzard as “Big Bad” Wolfe.
Izzard and Copley make the show amazing to watch. Heyward and Taylor are 100% perfect secondary characters, being the eyes of the viewers giving us a front line seat at the war between Walker and Wolf. We see that good vs evil is not black and white. We also see both sides of the characters and the reasons what they do in this universe makes perfect sense. Powers doesn’t play around with all the myths behind a superhero like Arrow, Flash, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. do. I’m not knocking them, and I do appreciate all the work they did for the new generation of comic book viewers/readers. However, I became very tired of all these comic book shows playing the same Dark Knight Trilogy card, instead using amazing comic film success like The Avengers to build your own brand.
Powers does everything right plus more. It’s dark, but not too dark to be called an emo show. The main characters are human and not just cardboard cutouts of the comic book counterparts. Knowing the fact they did change some things around, the show is still using 90% of the comic source material instead of pissing on already established storylines like The Walking Dead. Lastly, Bendis has the final say on storyline, so that helps bridge the gap between comic book reader and casual viewers. Powers always keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next.
This middle of the road path is going to push the new Daredevil show premiering on Netflix into a new level of awesome. I say this because Powers isn’t bound to rules of television shows like Arrow, Flash, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You have more control of the show, no commercials and writers will be able to push the superhero show in favor of comic book fans like me. Additionally they will be able to keep making fresh ideas easier to understand for new viewers; so in other words the makers of this show aren’t insulting our intelligence with bullshit city storytelling.
Overall: Powers is a show I love to watch. It’s using more of the source material of a comic book. You have actors and actress having fun playing with these characters we never seen before on-screen. Also, shows like Powers and upcoming Marvel’s Netflix shows won’t be held back due network TV rules and regulations. I hope we get more shows like this.
If you’ve been watching Powers as well, what do you think of it so far? Let us know in the comments!