C2E2 2013: Dark Horse Announces ‘Powers’ Product Line

By Jorge Solis

Have you ever wondered what Walker and Pilgrim from “Powers” would look like as figurines? Announced at C2E2, Dark Horse Deluxe, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics, will create collectibles based on the comic book series from writer Brian Michael Bendis (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and artist Michael Avon Oeming (“The Victories”). Collectors should be on the lookout for a limited-edition statue of Retro Girl, a central figure in the first “Powers” story arc, and a boxed set of four-to-five-inch vinyl figures, which will include protagonists Walker and Pilgrim as centerpieces of the ensemble.

“Powers” follows the personal and professional lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim. In the Powers division, Walker and Pilgrim are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities. In the mythology, these superhumans are often referred to as “powers.”

Brian Michael Bendis had this to say about the product line, “We have been very particular about merchandising ’Powers’ over the years, because I wanted to make sure it was the highest-quality merchandise we could offer.” Bendis adds, “I am a giant fan of Dark Horse and the care they give their merchandising. I am very excited about this partnership!”

David Scroggy, Dark Horse’s Product Development Vice President, mentions, “We feel that ’Powers’ is one of the best graphic-story treatments of the modern era. We are delighted to bring these characters forward. Brian Bendis is a master of story construction and dialogue, making him one of today’s most widely read comics writers, and Michael Oeming’s unique art style is one of the most individual in the field. Capturing their creative vision is a challenge we appreciate, and we couldn’t be more excited to work directly with these two talents in making that happen.”

When asked about the characters being sculpted by Tony Cipriano, Oeming remarks, “To see your work translated into sculpture is always scary, but I’m very excited to be working with the amazing Tony.”

In their first homicide case, Detectives Walker and Pilgrim investigated the murder of a popular superhero named Retro Girl. Now, Retro Girl jumps from the comic book page and will be turned into a limited-edition statue. I can’t wait to see how the rest of “Powers” will look like as statues and figurines.

Slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2013, the prototypes will be shown to the trade and public for the first time as part of the product display in the Dark Horse booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

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