Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at an early issue of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers, issue #7, featuring a guest appearance by Warren Ellis!
This inspired issue worked off of the conceit that Warren Ellis is doing a new graphic novel about cops, so due to him pulling some strings, Ellis manages to finagle his way to going on a ride along with the star of Powers, Christian Walker.
Bendis gives Ellis an amusing diatribe about comic books…
but then, of course, something goes wrong and here, boy, Bendis and Oeming put on a storytelling clinic…
Oeming in that last page – my goodness, it’s so impressive. And Oeming on the next couple of pages is quite possibly even MORE impressive as he details Ellis’ slow realization that something has gone horribly wrong and either he goes to help or Walker is a dead man.
Of course, the situation gets even worse once Ellis gets involved, but I’ll leave that for you to find out when/if you read the comic. What’s amusing is that the end of the issue there is a joke ABOUT not spoiling the ending of the comic.
Big kudos to Warren Ellis for being such a good sport about being a “guest star” like this and really, after the initial storyline on Powers, this was such an amazing one-off follow-up by Bendis and Oeming, showing that they were prepared to give outstanding stories in every issue of Powers, something they still fulfill to this day. One of the really best things about Powers is that if you pick up an issue of Powers NOW, it might not be as good as this one, but it will be pretty damn close, and to be able to say that more than a decade in, well, that’s quite an accomplishment by Bendis and Oeming (and quite lucky for us readers).