If you’re looking for a good new comic book to read (and who isn’t) let me recommend Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. I read the first, second, seventh, eighth, and ninth trade paperbacks last week at the beach and it’s really solid stuff through-and-through. The basic premise is that you’re reading noir-style detective stories focused on two homicide comics working the “powers-related” beat. It’s a neat way of dealing with super hero themes, iconography, and other good comics-y stuff without making it a super hero book per se, since it has much more the look, feel, and tone of crime and detective stories.

The complete first story arc, “Who Killed Retro Girl?” is available online.