Incredible Hercules #121 Review

by Charlie Brooks, CMRO Contributing Writer

Incredible Hercules

Issue #121

Written by Greg Pak  & Fred van Lenta, Art by Rafa Sandoval

Published: November 2008

Incredible Hercules #121

Following the epic events of last issue, Hercules needs to wind down. He does so in a way that fits somebody from Greek legend: by enjoying sexual escapades with a legendary creature. In this case, that legendary creature happens to be one of his many lovers, the Atlantean Namora.

Amadeus Cho, on the other hand, spends most of The Incredible Hercules #121 as a third wheel and is very much despondent over that. But then he gets kidnapped by Amazons and he seems quite a bit happier.

The Amazons of this comic have picked up modern technology but are still very much the warlike people of myth, complete with the tradition of using men for mating and then killing them. As a 16-year old boy, Amadeus is happy with the first part and oblivious to the second part. As somebody with the mind of a 16-year old boy, Hercules seems equally ignorant of the true danger.

There is treachery among the ranks of the Amazons, and their queen Hippolyta seems to have fallen out of favor with her subjects, but we’ll have to wait until next issue to get the full details on that situation.

Also waiting until next issue will be a battle between Hercules and Namor, who seemed pretty ticked off with the Prince of Power for some reason. Part of that is likely because of the presence of Amazonian warships on his seas. The other part might have a little something to do with Hercules’ escapades with Namora.

This book has two writers and two artists, but it is still remarkably cohesive. While Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente have worked together on two previous story arcs, Clayton Henry and Arthur Suydam are new additions here and they work together very well. The faces of the characters seem a little off to me, but I think that’s mostly because Amadeus is actually shown with the distinctly Korean features he should have, whereas previous issues have left his ethnicity more ambiguous.

I do have a slight nitpick with the Amazons themselves, who clearly have breasts in this issue. Why wouldn’t the Amazons have breasts? Because they traditionally cut off their right breasts. The only reason I bring this up is because this series has been pretty good at adhering to Greek myth in most cases, so this is a notable exception. Then again, most Greek art wasn’t consistent on this point, so I might be getting too nitpicky even for a geeky comic book fan.

With the last story arc focusing on big, epic action, this arc is much lighter in tone, from Herc’s flirting with Namora to the Amazons mistaking Amadeus for Hercules’ eromenos. Overall, it’s a welcome bit of comic relief.

In many ways, “Love and War” is the storyline where this book found the proper balance between comedy and action. I highly recommend tracking this issue down if you enjoy Hercules at his finest.

Reed Gunther #1 Review

by Lindsay Young, CMRO Contributing Writer

Reed Gunther

Issue #1

Written by Shane Houghton, Art by Chris Houghton

Published: January 2011

Reed Gunther #1

Reed Gunther is a cute little romp through the Western genre, with a bear-riding cowboy and a tough-as-nails lady rancher as our main protagonists. Reed claims to be a problem-solver, but when giant snakes rear their ugly heads, he ends up being more trouble than good.

Reed Gunther #1 is a thoroughly likeable first issue, one that’s cute without being cloying or childish. It manages to maintain a cartoonish charm without sacrificing the harder edges of the Western genre entirely, though it’s definitely closer to “cute” than anything else. It’s bright, energetic fun with the occasional inventive cuss word (my favourite being “bourbon and raw eggs!”) which strikes a nice little tonal note that places it somewhere in the “for all ages” category.

Writing-wise, it feels very Dudley Do-Right-ish, even down to some of the tropes, but with a few welcome updates. First, there’s a supernatural element to the adventures, which is a ton of fun. Two, though she’s put in a damsel situation initially, Starla quickly proves her capability with a machete. Starla and Reed’s dynamic is a fun one too, with Reed being the affable good-guy type, and Starla being tough and hot-headed, though friendly once you get her guard down. They’re an engaging pair, and their moments of just talking to one another are as much fun as the action.

The art is colourful and energized, with a cartoonish style that lends itself well to endearing expressions and sweet, lopsided grins. It’s simple but effectively so.

Overall, I enjoyed Reed Gunther #1. It’s a fun Western romp with lots of energy, humour, and likeable characters. Plus, a cowboy riding a bear? Can’t get much better than that.

Uncanny Avengers #1 Review

by Etienne Paul, CMRO Contributing Writer

Uncanny Avengers

Issue #1

Written by Rick Remender, Art by Daniel Acuña

Published: March  2015

Uncanny Avengers #1

Axis is dead, long live Marvel comics! Sorry, I had to get that out of my system before we started on this new series. This is still the continuation of X-Force/ Uncanny Avengers/ AXIS that have all been written by Remender and that frankly I have not cared one bit for. Please do not get me wrong, there have been some really strong arcs within those books, especially the first half of the previous volume of this title, but each of them have ended horribly and been nothing more than a What-if comic, with a get out clause.

Rick loves his own personal sandbox, he loves having the power of life and death over his characters and I have not seen a single instance of him ‘playing well’ with others. He really does not like putting back his toys the way he found them, or worse yet, he hates having to ‘lend’ the toys he is currently playing with to anyone else. That for me is why this series is so perfect in all but 1 way; Captain America. Other than him, all the other characters are his to play with, except possibly Sabretooth, but after the weekly Wolverines series ends, I expect this to be his sole book. This means that he can mess about with these characters, stick ghosts in their heads and generally screw them up without too much impact on other series.

And it is a good job because this book involves taking the entire team off to ‘Counter Earth’ and judging by a quick Google search, that could be more than one thing. Apparently it is an exact duplicate of our world, existing exactly on the opposite side of the sun to us in a parallel orbit, a world we can never see from ours. Getting to this place is difficult and Doctor Voodoo has to concentrate very hard to make sure that they all arrive at the right place; it is just a shame that as he is about the complete the spell he gets bashed on the head and they all materialise scattered and lost in a world similar, but very different from our own.

One of the biggest problems for me with this series is that it is based on characters from the late 90’s- early 00’s, but forced into modern bodies. We have Rogue, long devoid of her Ms. Marvel stolen powers, but now fully merged with Wonder-Man, restoring her strength and invulnerability. Logan is long deceased, but Sabretooth, inverted and helpful, is the epitome of the wild out-spoken Wolverine from years before. Steve Rogers, now confined to his arm chair, has been replaced by a man with wings, but that does not stop him from acting as the decades older war veteran. Then we have the twins, long established as Magneto’s progeny and now cast adrift, searching for their ancestry. Throw in the Vision and the now poor-mans version of Manifold, Doctor Voodo and you can see why I think this is Remender creating a team that he wanted to work with, but was now unable to do so.

This is not all bad news because this book will hopefully give us a lot of answers to the questions it is asking. Will Marvel do the unthinkable and make Quicksliver and Wanda Inhumans? Will Rogue get her boyfriend out of her head and into a new body? Will Sabretooth become the Wolverine replacement we all think he will and will he stay inverted? Remender is picking up on a lot of his own story threads here, but also bizarrely including the one from the now cancelled New Warriors book with the High Evolutionary at the head of his mutated army.

My biggest issue with this book is the art; and I hate saying that. I do not mind it when the art is terrible; because that is quite a separate thing to merely wishing that a talented artist had a different style. Much like Francesco Frankavilla or Chris Bachalo, I really wish that Acuna stuck to drawing. The guy can most certainly layout pages and some of his character work is exceptional, the problem is when the same person inks his own work and then colours it you always seem to end up with a product that the reader either loves or hates. You lose that generic comic feel where any propensity to one extreme is counteracted by the next person in the chain; the inker softening chiselled jaw lines or the colourist shading in a more measured way. But also there is the time issue connected to one person doing everything. These books come out on a 3-5 week schedule depending on the title and for one man to draw 22 pages, then ink them and colour them it means that you can never dedicate the time that the traditional 3 person team can.

If you are an Acuna fan, then this will be your every dream come true. If you are someone who has followed and admired Remender for the last decade, then you just hit the jackpot. For everyone else, this would appear to be a mixed bag with masses of potential, but also huge areas where this could go horrible wrong.

Weekly Marvel Roundup for 02/16 – 02/22

Weekly Marvel Roundup for 02/16 - 02/22

 

Silk #1 
Written by Robbie Thompson
Art by Stacy Lee and Ian Herring

Raistlin:
This was a decent first issue, and about what you would expect from a female version of Spider-Man. But I think that’s what sort of bugs me. It’s too much like just a female version of Spider-Man. Yeah, Cindy has her own back story, but the overall of the book is just borrowing everything from Spider-Man, unlike a lot of the other Spider-characters we’ve gotten recently that branch off and create their own niche. Maybe I’m prejudging but I really hope it doesn’t stay like this for long.
Story – 7/10
Art – 5/10

Etienne:
While I can sort of agree with you on the storyline (this being almost exactly a female Peter Parker) I have to take issue with your score for the art. What the heck were you looking at? It’s a bit different, bit cartoony, but it is so expressive and ‘charming’, how can you give it a mark that low?
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10



All-New Captain America #4 
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia

Raistlin:
I’m really not liking this series so far. The constant flashbacks about Sam’s backstory are annoying, and I feel they drag the story down. I’ve already forgotten how it’s possible for them to be jumping from city to city in the blink of an eye, because I just don’t care. Also, what is up with Misty’s hair? Her afro is the size of a wrecking ball.
Story – 5/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
So, Nomad’s dead? He had his throat cut about 3 issues ago there is no way he is coming back from that? And now Wilson’s dead? Surely? It takes all the drama out of these books if you can literally on panel cut someones throat and not have them die, and if he is dead, what the heck was the point of the entire last volume of this book. I’m with Raistlin on this one, what the heck is going on with Misty’s hair, that’s more than a little ridiculous.
Story – 5/10
Art – 9/10


Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #5 
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Iban Coello and Rachelle Rosenberg

Etienne:
In a weird way this almost feels like a #1 issue. What I mean is that this book is entirely about team building, set up and villain establishment, so I am think of this more as the first proper issue of this series post AXIS and boy do they go to town with it. I’ll be frank, it lost me about half way through, but only in so much that there was stuff going on everywhere and every character was involved in every way possible. This looks to have so much more to it than the previous volume and I am really looking forward to it continuing.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
Ok, all of a sudden this series actually got interesting. All the characters are finally getting along again, and Etienne is right, the story is much better this time around compared to the last volume. For once I actually care about what is going on in this series. It’s actually kind of refreshing. I even like that Spider-Man is back on the team, and fits in for a change.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10



Deathlok #5 
Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Mike Perkins and Andy Troy

Raistlin:
This was actually a really great issue. The story definitely has some interesting stuff going on in it, and I like how it’s starting to feel a little more connected to the overall MU. Hopefully this isn’t the last we will see of Domino in the series, and I love Stark’s involvment. The ending reveal has really hooked me at this point and I’m actually very curious as to what is going to happen in the next couple issues.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
That was definatley a lot better than previous issues and the art is utterly fantastic. I am still not convinced by the entire premise of this book, but perhaps once he comes to terms with what he is and what he can do, this will improve a lot for me.
Story – 7/10
Art – 9/10


Wolverines #7 
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Kris Anka and Matthew Wilson

Raistlin:
Well, this took an unexpected turn, unless your reading the solicits, but if you aren’t I don’t think you would have seen this coming. So, Mystique has finally come out and claimed leadership of the team, whether the others like it or not. Now we get to see what this series is really about, and it’s starting to be obvious that resurrecting Logan is not really part of her agenda, although a resurrection seems to still be in.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
This is the first issue I have really gotten behind since the series started, but then again that might be my Mystique fixation. This just became a whole lot more interesting, but it does really help that the art in this issue is so much better than the rest. I am sure that next week we will be back to a terrible jarring vision of the story and I will completely loose that focus again. This is re-enforcing my hatred of multiple artists on one book. It is fine to make a book weekly, just ensure it is written and produced months in advance with a smaller team of people.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10


Rocket Raccoon #8 
Written by Skottie Young
Art by Filipe Andrade and Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Etienne:
Skottie, what are you doing to us, you had such a fantastic book and then you spoilt it by giving the art away to someone else! This concludes the non-story of Groot getting sick and sorry, I cannot waste anymore time on this pile of rubbish. Skottie, this book has no style and charm without you drawing it.
Story – 5/10
Art – 3/10

Raistlin:
I really had forgotten what was going on in this title. For a second I was wondering why it felt so Lord of the Rings-esque, and then I got to the dragon and remembered. So the quest to save Groot’s life continues. And it really does feel a lot like The Hobbit actually, so, yeah Etienne is right, this book has gone a little south, and need to move on to something new. 
Story – 5/10
Art – 2/10



Storm #8 
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Al Barrionuevo, Tom Palmer, Ed Tadeo and Ruth Redmond

Raistlin:
I feel like every book Storm currently appears in, she is being written completely different, and they are all using they are all using the same excuses, that it’s because of her feelings over Logan’s death. I mean, that’s fine that they want to portray her as having a hard time with her grief, but she’s a complete psycho bitch in Amazing, and here in her own title, she is more grief-stricken and emotionally hurt but she is not acting like a complete psycho. They really need to get on the same page with her characterization. Other then that, this issue was actually not bad, now if only they could improve the art. 
Story – 7/10
Art – 5/10

Etienne:
While the art is not bad, merely stylized, I can completely understand why some would find this awful. For me possibly the most important part of comic art is consistency; it is there to help you read the book, and having every panel look like the one before is really a big part of this. The problem then comes if you don’t like how it looks then although it is easy to follow, it’s still painful to look at. You may have notice I am only talking about the art, well that is because this book is so awful to read, I have saved myself the trouble by just looking at the pictures.
Story – who cares
Art – 7/10


Iron Fist – The Living Weapon #9 
Written by Kaare Kyle Andrews
Art by Kaare Kyle Andrews

Etienne:
Really? We went ‘there?’ How do you know when a kids series has run out of steam and they are trying something ‘new and edgy’ to keep things ‘fresh’ – power creep. From combining Transformers, bigger Megazords to ever escalating super saiyan’s this book just gave up on all attempts at storytelling in exchange for childish one-up-manship.
Story – 4/10
Art – 4/10

Raistlin:
Ok I read this, and your “thoughts” on this one are way to cryptic for me. I barely understood this issue, so I have no idea what you are talking about. I think this issue just tried to explain what the hell has been going on this time, but in turn only made it more confusing. I can’t wait till this series is over.
Story – 3/10 
Art – 2/10


Legendary Star-Lord #9 (Black Vortex)
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and David Curiel

Etienne:
The end of the last issue pulled a fast one! They got me hook line and sinker! I know my esteemed colleague hates this series, but that bait and switch alone endears this to me. With the exception of Storm sword fighting a cosmically powered Gamora, which was ridiculous, the rest of the book is really good, setting up a 3 way battle for control of the Black Vortex and proving that it is much more than merely a ‘power-up’ tool for the masses.
Story – 7/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
How did you find that ‘good’? This is the lamest excuse to come up with to power people up and then have the hero’s fight each other for no reason. Also, where did you see any proof that there is more to the mirror? I saw nothing. It’s pretty one-dimensional what the mirror does both in story and as a plot device. And again, we have a “crazy” Hank McCoy running around causing havoc. Is that all anyone can think to do with him these days? This is easily on par with AXIS at this point. 
Story – 1/10
Art – 9/10



Silver Surfer #9 
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Michael Allred and Laura Allred

Raistlin:
Wow, that was actually a great issue of Surfer. I’m a sucker for a story that Galactus pops up in, and this one was pretty good, even if the big guy didn’t get a huge amount of panel time. But this was just the first part of his appearance, so there is definitely more to look forward to next issue. 
I really like that we are finally getting a storyline from this series that seems interesting, instead of Dawn and Surfer just wandering around aimlessly. 
Story – 8/10
Art – 6/10

Etienne:
Ok, now this is what this book should be like, or then again perhaps not. I felt that everything so far had been fine, but a little underwhelming, the problem is if the only meaningful story you can tell with the Silver Surfer is a Galactus one, then you are doing something wrong. I love the fact that he might have completely misunderstood the situation and that everything he did was wrong, for the right reasons, and I’m really looking forward to the next issue.
Story – 9/10
Art – 7/10


Loki – Agent of Asgard #11 
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela

Etienne:
Oh I am so confused! When did Loki die, when did this Loki become the third incarnation of himself? Honestly Marvel, you do not make things easy! Once I have gotten past the confusion however and merely accepted what the book was saying, this becomes really interesting, doubly so when we find out that Old Loki has escaped. This book is absolutely back to its best and with ‘hollow shell’ Loki along with King Loki, this book just became a match for Thor!
Story – 9/10
Art – 8/10

Raistlin:
Um, when did he die? How did you miss it? Or maybe you just don’t remember, but that was one of the main things that happened in Young Avengers, a few issues before the party. He even mentions exactly what he did during the party issues. In fact, this Loki’s little secret has been in the background of this series the entire time, building to this moment. I feel like you need to go back and re-read because if you didn’t know that, then you must have been missing out on all the hints this whole time. But, either way, I do agree with you that this was a great issue, and easily one of the best of the series. 
Story – 9/10
Art – 7/10

Editors note – Etienne struggles with remembering what happened 5 issues ago, so events that happened 3 series before this one is definitely out of his comfort zone. Bring back the little yellow stared boxes!


Moon Knight #12 
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire

Etienne:
Here ends the first multi-issue arc of this series. I had my doubts about it as it seemed to be a combination of preachy and slow, but boy did they get it right in the end. Probably the best written issue of the series so far, if still not quite at the level of visual cleverness the earlier issues had. Simply brilliant and I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.
Story – 10/10
Art – 8/10

Raistlin:
Of all the solo titles that came out after Infinity, I would say that with this issue Moon Knight is easily the best one of the bunch. This was a really great ending to this first big story, and I think it was very well done. In fact I am looking forward to seeing more of this title because of it, and hope it doesn’t disappear coming out the other side of Secret Wars.
Story – 10/10
Art – 7/10



Ms. Marvel #12 
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Elmo Bondoc and Ian Herring

Raistlin:
I’m guessing this takes place before this week’s Loki, cause in this issue of Ms. Marvel we have Loki guest appearing, and he’s definitely still employed by the All-Mother. This was pretty much a filler issue, and another chance for the writers to have her interact with one more corner of the MU; although it would have been better if they would move on from the Inventor. A little sad to not see Lockjaw this issue, but overall it was not a horrible issue, although the artwork leaves little to be desired. 
Story – 6/10
Art – 4/10

Etienne:
Filler you say? Toilet paper would be closer. I just do not care about this book one little bit. Maybe I am too old and that I need to be a hip teenager to ‘get it’ or perhaps I have just read too many comics and it feels clichéd, either way every time I pick up this book I simply switch off my brain and pretend it isn’t happening.
Story – 4/10
Art – 4/10


She-Hulk #12 (Final Issue)
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Javier Puldio and Muntsa Vicente

Etienne:
Hey, wait, did they just slip the duck in here without me noticing! I did not think I could hate this series any more than I already did, but then they use it as the backdoor for the new Howard series! Enough of my anger, this is actually not the worst this series has done, not by a long shot. The story, as ever, is fine, the art, as ever, is mind numbingly awful as 60’s-esque grimaces stand in for proper facial expressions, but even still, it has been worse before. I am glad this series is over, I am not glad the storyline has ended, but we cannot have everything we want all the time.
Story – 7/10
Art – 5/10

Raistlin:
Yes, fight it or not, the Duck is coming. I’m curious, since I don’t know anything at all about Nightwatch, but was that just a huge retcon they did to his character or not? It kinda had me lost as to when this fight took place that they are referencing, since as usual there were no footnotes. Or maybe it’s not even something that was from an old story, I really have no idea. And yes, as Etienne points out, the artwork was the normal standard for this title, so make sure you are aware of this going in.
Story – 5/10
Art – 4/10


Black Widow #15 
Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Phil Noto

Etienne:
Ok, that is officially the best invisible person I have ever seen in a comic. I kid you not, I could not see him at first it was done so subtly, but the effect was fantastic. In fact this entire book just gets better and better, both the art and the story. Phil Noto has this absolutely nailed and the quality of the writing has been immense, I just really worry this book will end soon as Secret Wars are approaching and the sales have not been anything special.
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
Ok you were definitely more impressed by this issue then I was. I mean, it wasn’t a bad issue, but it wasn’t spectacular either. It kept the momentum going but it just seemed like an average issue for the series. 
Story – 7/10
Art – 7/10

Magneto #15 
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire

Raistlin:
Wow, Magneto is finally back to its former greatness. This issue was really awesome, and brought a lot of the storylines from the overall series to a head in it. Magneto shows that he has had a plan and goal this entire time, and the way he finally got to it was just brilliant. All the pieces have fallen into place for him, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.
Story – 9/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
So, where exactly does this fit in with Sabretooth and his recent events, because as far as I can see he went straight from AXIS into Wolverines, he never go a chance to be eviscerated on a helicarrier… Other than that slight weirdness, this is just simply awesome, it is everything I’ve been wanting from this series and more.
Story – 10/10
Art – 7/10



Nova #27 
Written by Gerryy Duggan
Art by John Timms, Roberto Poggi and David Curiel

Etienne:
It’s a fairly over played way of getting out of telling someone your secret identity, but it was done really well here and the addition of the brave (foolhardy) teacher putting himself in harm’s way really made it more powerful. This is now one of the longest running Marvel Now titles and it has gone through ups and downs, but this fight with Carnage is definitely a big up. Despite hating the character the reveal at the end is interesting and frankly this is doing its upmost to expunge the leftover taint of AXIS.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
I thought I was really going to dislike this issue, but it actually turned out alright after all. I actually think I like the book now more since the Mom has been won over on the whole superhero thing. And the ending had some really funny moments that I caught myself giggling out load over them.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10



Uncanny X-Men #31 
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Marc Deering, Wayne Faucher, Mark Irwin, Jamie Mendoza, Victor Olazaba, Al Vey and Antonio Fabela

Etienne:
They did what now? Hang on, they didn’t just retcon the last few issues, they just retconned an entire event comic from last year? So Battle of the Atom did not happen? Oh my god this just becomes as huge mess of questions and very little in the way of answers, but it might be for the best long term as this divide between the X-Men was looking more and more forced the longer it went on for. I cannot wait for Secret Wars to straighten everything out (by making it more of a mess of course!) Having said all that, this is a fantastic issue and thank god they didn’t actually kill Emma…
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Raistlin:
Honestly, I’m not sure what the hell this means for Battle of the Atom. And yes, this just became a huge mess, minus the fantastic part. What was the point of bring Xavier to the present? So we could see some freakout reactions to it and then they continued on their way to fix everything?? That was pointless at best. And as to the fix, put another notch on Xavier’s belt for completely unethical, and totally horrible things this man has done in his career as a “teacher.” And let’s not overlook Eva, who is now making borderline, villainous declarations of things she can and will do if she feels she has to. Magneto would be so proud. As usual, Bendis gave us a great build up to a very weak climax and ending of another story-arc. Also, why is Havok on the cover, throwing Cyclops off a building? Havok wasn’t even in the entire issue, nor did this have anything to do with the fallout of AXIS, as the cover would have you believe.
Story – 5/10
Art – 7/10



The most surprising book of the week so far:


Avengers World #17 (Before Time Runs Out/ Secret Wars)
Written by Frank Barbiere
Art by Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa

Raistlin:
Well, this is the first issue of Before Time Runs Out, and this series is finally very relevant to the two main Avengers titles again. It’s like a completely new series that just didn’t get a rebooted numbering. Now the one thing I’m already realizing, is that I don’t think this will be filling in the 8 month gap entirely for all the players in the other two books. This issue, we get to see how Cannonball and Smasher ended up where they were when Time Runs Out started. It’s a good issue, but definitely not one of the more important gaps we are hoping gets filled in by this series. As usual for this series, the artwork is absolutely stunning.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
Well it does answer an awful lot, even if it only does it for a couple of characters. I loved this book and Raistlin is right the art is awesome, its just shame the tight arse couldn’t bring himself to give it a 10. I think this is the first time I have ever seen Smasher without her helmet/hood and glasses on, but I have a question, where on earth does she put the pony tail? I normally looks like she is completely bald…
Story – 9/10
Art – 10/10