Kyle Higgins Alec Siegel Rod Reis Troy Peteri
C.O.W.L. Volume 1: Principles of Power
February 15, 2019 Comments.. 167
C O W L Volume Principles of Power The Chicago Organized Workers League once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable brotherhood of Super Villains Now in the union faces a disillusioned

  • Title: C.O.W.L. Volume 1: Principles of Power
  • Author: Kyle Higgins Alec Siegel Rod Reis Troy Peteri
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 201
  • Format: ebook
  • The Chicago Organized Workers League once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable brotherhood of Super Villains Now, in 1962, the union faces a disillusioned public, scandal, and a new era of threats Here s what the press has been saying about the hit new series A down and dirty Mad Men meets Heroes in 60s Chicago EntertaThe Chicago Organized Workers League once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable brotherhood of Super Villains Now, in 1962, the union faces a disillusioned public, scandal, and a new era of threats Here s what the press has been saying about the hit new series A down and dirty Mad Men meets Heroes in 60s Chicago Entertainment Weekly A gorgeous book, and the story is just as captivating as the art The AV Club There s a touch of Mad Men s style and sex appeal as well as Watchmen s serious approach to heroesStunning Mental Floss Collects C.O.W.L 1 5

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    1. Anne says:

      Even though it's nothing super-duper new or special, I thought this was pretty good. Not mind-blowing, but decent.The gist of the story is that superheroes are unionized now, and work for an agency called C.O.W.L instead of doing things on their own. Which is great, because now they have health and dental, right?I'm still not sure of all the particulars, but the agency apparently farms their services out to the police force. They're right in the middle of renegotiating their contract, when (in t [...]

    2. Sam Quixote says:

      COWL is the Chicago Organized Workers League, aka the world’s first superhero labor union. Makes sense I suppose, not all superheroes have the resources of Bruce Wayne’s billions. But you know why no writers really focus too much on how superheroes get their rent paid? Because it’s not even remotely interesting!! It’s 1962 and after years of protecting Chicago from supervillains, COWL have disposed of them all, effectively making themselves redundant. So when it comes to renegotiating th [...]

    3. Gavin says:

      This is it, the first Stinker from my Image Humble Bundle1 star seems a bit harsh, so 1.5, which means 2 on GRWL is a piece of derivative work. It's ripping off Watchmen, and every other book written about a team/group of heroes where things aren't what they seem, and the relationships between everyone are actually pretty shitty.On top of that, the art looks like a bad copy of Bill Sienkiewicz (from the Elektra Assassin book by Frank Miller in the 80s). Rod Reis, is he related to Ivan Reis? Ivan [...]

    4. Steve says:

      I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I liked this one, especially the back-and-forth between the COWL union representatives and the Chicago reps. The story reminded me of a cross between The Watchmen (superheroes with major emotional and psychological problems) and The Incredible (superheroes no longer "needed" by the people they're protecting). I'll definitely be looking for the next volume in this series.

    5. Crystal Starr Light says:

      Bullet Review:Anybody heard of consistency in art? No? OK thenThe last issue is probably the most interesting as it seems to make the whole thing different from another Watchman or Jupiter's Circle clone. This isn't the most ground-breaking or earth-shattering comic I've ever read, but for a time waster, could be worse.

    6. 'kris Pung says:

      Pretty cool new series that had some interesting characters, world building, and some unexpected twists. The only thing I didn’t really care for is the contract negotiations part in the middle really seemed to slow down the momentum of the book.

    7. Martin says:

      I'd really liked Kyle Higgins' Batman: Gates of Gotham and was interested in reading more things from him, so when I came across this book at my LCS, I found the premise interesting - and factoring in the $ 9.99 price point - I said to myself 'What the hell' and took the plunge.This inaugural volume did a good job of establishing the main characters & their motivations. The art was at times confusing and unclear, but otherwise okay. Gritty, scratchy, setting the right tone for the story. I w [...]

    8. Leo says:

      Well, that was a disappointment. And it's my fault, I looked at the gorgeous covers and I though the story was going to be good. Interesting at least. Well, no, I couldn't care less about what happens to the COWL guys. I liked the art, but I didn't really find anything in the story that compelled me to continue reading. On the bright side, one less comic I have to buy, less money I have to spend.

    9. Damon says:

      I enjoyed this one. A good detective character. Guy at the top with questionable morals. Unionized Special police force unsure of their directives.

    10. David Schaafsma says:

      "Welcome to the "Chicago Organized Workers League"- the world's first Super-Hero Labor Union!" the blurb says about this series. C.O.W.L. And it has all these elements: union activism, crime drama, period piece (sixties, at least in this volume, which calls up not NYC MadMen but Chicago, though it has some resemblance to Madmen with some of the fancier characters), working class, Chicago history, politics, and some (not all) of the COWL dudes have superpowers. So, there's a lot of things here I [...]

    11. Sabrina says:

      Perhaps an oversimplified description of this comic, but it is trying really hard to be Frank Miller meets Watchmen. The premises are similar (superheroes losing their place in society, attempting to prove their legitimacy as an organization as they age and seem to be less and less socially relevant). It also is full of unlikeable, anti-hero figures in superhero roles. I suppose this comic wanted to use the landscape of the 1960s to start from a similar premise but ultimately tell a different st [...]

    12. Cheese says:

      I put off reading this for a while because of other reviews I had read, but I had the feeling I get when I know I'm going to like it. When I read Anne's review and saw the artwork that was the final trigger for me. The artwork is brilliant and the era that it's set in is one of my favourites. A little bit like mad men. C.O.W.L are like a task force, consisting of members who all have their own gifts. Some of them have powers and some don't but they all have expertise and they all use them to kee [...]

    13. Dan says:

      Very cool art style but while this has a cool concept I felt that it fell short. It seemed to lack any character development and I honestly felt no attachment to any of them. I heard volume 2 is much better but is it really?

    14. Kate says:

      I loved the artwork but the story was all over the place. By the end of the volume I simply didn't care enough about the characters or the plotline.

    15. Eric Mesa says:

      This review was originally published at comicpow/2016/01/06/wh (go there to see images). This review covers both volumes (which is the entire story), but is extremely light on plot spoilers, so don't worry too much about that.----Two things attracted me to C.O.W.L.: the subject matter and the author. I knew Kyle Higgins from Nightwing Vol 3 (AKA New 52 Nightwing) where I enjoyed his writing. C.O.W.L. takes place in Chicago in 1962 when unions are still strong and the Chicago Organized Workers Le [...]

    16. Nicolo Yu says:

      The first issue available for free on Comixology during SDCC 2014, C.O.W.L. is a brand new series by former Nightwing writer Kyle Higgins and artist Rod Reis.I liked Higgins' take on Nightwing and his exploration of the chracter's pre-Batman origins. He also uprooted the character from Gotham and moved him Midwest to Chicago. In C.O.W.L Higgins continues the Chicago setting and he also returns to a familiar concept, his superhero labor union which he originated in a short film titled The League. [...]

    17. Eric says:

      This actually impressed me more than I expected it to, being a bit reminiscent of Watchmen -- although one could argue it was derivative of that, instead of just inspired by it. It featured an alternate history, a world where super-powered heroes appeared during the second world war. The focus is 1960s Chicago where the unionized heroes -- C.O.W.L or the Chicago Organized Workers League -- that supplement the police force are struggling to reach a new contract with the city. A lot of thought was [...]

    18. Nancy Meservier says:

      C.O.W.L. is a new Image comic that focuses on superheroes. More like mercenaries then in traditional comics, C.O.W.L. asks what happens to the heroes once all the super villains have been defeated. The result is an interesting, noir-flavored comic that takes place in the 1960s. This Watchmen-esque title attempts to show the reader grittier version of superheroes. It ends up dealing with a lot of characters and ideas, which can make Principles of Power a somewhat complex read, so I think it's a l [...]

    19. Sara J. (kefuwa) says:

      Disclaimer: I haven't read Watchmen, but I have watched the movie. #koffOkay, with that aside I rather enjoyed going through this. The art is beautiful. The atmosphere gritty and sometimes downright bleak. AU 1960's Chicago and a union of super heroes growing increasingly redundant due to a dwindling population of super powered villains. The first volume starts off with the last member of the main villain group being taken off the board.Piqued my interest enough that I would be willing to consid [...]

    20. Online Eccentric Librarian says:

      More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress/C.O.W.L. has all the right assets: moody art, interesting milieu, complicated story, writing with depth and intelligence. And yet, the sum of the parts never created a unique piece; the ideas underlining so much of this had been done before (and, if I am to be honest, better). I really wanted to love C.O.W.L. but I just didn't and yet I feel like I am doing a great disservice to the author/illustrator as a result.Story: The end of Wo [...]

    21. Jennifer says:

      While I enjoyed reading C.O.W.L it definitely has its weaknesses and likely wouldn't appeal to many people. I find the idea interesting, a kind of a genre reconstruct/speculative fiction about what it would be like if there were superpowered humans whom everyone knew about, and who needed to have jobs, because they're not all independently wealthy like Bruce Wayne, or a the CEO of a tech company like Tony Stark. I'll admit that no little of my interest in this series was because it was set in Ch [...]

    22. Milliebot says:

      This review and others posted over at my blog.I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.From NetGalley: Welcome to the “Chicago Organized Workers League”- the world's first Super-Hero Labor Union! While C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable “brotherhood” of Super-Villains, the union now faces its fiercest foe yet-a disillu [...]

    23. Kelsey says:

      I enjoyed the hell out of this book.First of all, there's one thing you should know: this book is pretty. It is pretty on a level that far outstrips the other pretty comic books out there. Really, hats off to Rod Reis, and I would love to buy some original art from him.Second, my favorite issue was #3, focusing on Radia. It was a great look at sexism and how everyone focuses on her looks and not on her tremendous power. I loved seeing her cut loose and just put the fear of God into people.Third, [...]

    24. Perco says:

      Well I'm giving this 4 stars mostly because of the art. I don't know how art stuff works but what I know is, the illustration is freaking incredible. It really is beautiful, Rod Reis's art makes every scenes realistic and it keeps you attach to the story.And to the story itself, the characters in here are your typical super heroes but they are still interesting. I'm just hoping to see more development in them in the next installment (and to see more of Grant and Eclipse). And it is also good tha [...]

    25. Drown Hollum says:

      Somewhere between Powers and Batman Inc. is C.O.W.L. A book about a unionized league of superheroes, in 1960s Chicago. The themes and art are excellent, creating a tonal consistency across the entire book. The political and action exciting cross roads, as a Batman-esque 'Grey Raven' takes a seat of power behind the bureaucratically tumultuous C.O.W.L. What follows is a cinematic tale of betrayal, politics, and violence, worthy of a television series. Where C.O.W.L. falls short though is in it's [...]

    26. Hector Ibarraran says:

      A book about corruption and politics that takes place in an alternate version of Chicago in the 1960s. It sets the stage for more stories and shows that, when it comes to power, some times the doing right thing is not important to those in power. I always enjoy when a fictional world feels real and lived in, and when the characters in said world behave in a relatable, human way. This book develops characters with very little space, which is the hallmark of a good comic. I've read much longer wor [...]

    27. Derek says:

      Image Comics have been on quite the roll for the past few years and C.O.W.L. is no exception. This is Kyle Higgins' best work to date: smart, mature, and focused. The art is gorgeous, evocative, and perfectly suited to the story being told. Although ostensibly about a superheroes' union, Higgins doesn't really write his characters as even vaguely heroic. These are messy people leading messy lives whose powers only tend to complicate things further. The very concept of what it means to be a hero [...]

    28. Craig says:

      C.O.W.L. is the "Chicago Organized Workers League," a union of superheroes and like-minded non-supes, banded together to protect the city of Chicago. It's the 1960s and most of the big threats to the city have been taken care of, so why should the city keep supporting this group? In the latest round of bargaining, the city holding fast to some concessions, which may mean the end for the union. These superheroes aren't always the nicest of people, but they do seem to have the safety of Chicago an [...]

    29. Sonic says:

      Take note MARVEL (you greedy re-print whores! Heh heh heh) and DC, IMAGE has been printing some fine books lately! This is one of them!Set in my old stomping grounds (sweet home, Chicago) this book has everything, strong realistic characters, the depth of a well thought out back story, mystery, action, and that is just the writing.The cover, which looks like a simple Dean Motter drawing, is misleading. The art inside is both realistic and expressionistic, and layered with textures and a wide ran [...]

    30. Chris says:

      Wow, COWL has some, if not THE best artwork in any comic I have ever seen. Absolutely astounding. The writing was also top notch. The break up of a super hero league that works for Chicago much like a police department. Includes scandal, political/contractual discussion, as well as other things that city politics deals with. This book takes place in the early 60s so even super-heroines have to deal with sexism, black heros deal with racism (though there wasn't much in this volume, I expect there [...]

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