Before Superman, All-New X-Men, Avengers, and even Ultimate Spider-Man, fans used to know Brian Michael Bendis for his work on a creator-owned comic called Powers. With artist Michael Avon Oeming, the only artist to work on the series, the two have told numerous tales about a police force that takes care of cases that involve superheroes. To this day, it remains a good series.
This is why fans were excited when Bendis announced that he was bringing Powers to DC when he moved to the company. What many didn’t expect was a format change as Oeming’s Twitter has confirmed that the series will ditch single-issues entirely and is now going to be an original graphic novel series.
When asked about the format change, Bendis told Newsarama that it was done so that patient readers would get the full story in one go. Powers is notorious for its delays so ditching single-issues might be a blessing in disguise. At the least, fans won’t have to expect another relaunch after an arc ends.
In fairness to Bendis, numerous independent comics have also made the move to original graphic novels so this isn’t unprecedented. Sometimes collected editions sell more and this might ring true for Powers.
No release date for the first Powers OGN has been revealed.