by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
Powers #31: the famous "monkey" issue. I started reading Powers in trade form at the end of Volume One. Todd and Dustin asked me if I'd "got to the monkeys yet" and I honestly couldn’t figure I out why I should be excited about monkeys. Powers #31 is original storytelling at its best. Think the first scene of 2001. The story is completely without dialogue and out of context. We do not see the heroes we know. It’s all monkeys, all issue. For the Powers series, these monkeys come completely out of left field and build into one of the best origin stories comics has ever seen. Usually “left-field” twists occur on the last page of a comic. This whole issue is that last page.
NOTE: This issue is absolutely not for kids, as the monkeys... well, they're monkeys. Parents, beware.