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Route 666 #9

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2003
By: Craig Lemon

Writer: Tony Bedard
Artists: Karl Moline (p), Drew Geraci (i)

Publisher: CGE

A word of warning - what could be CGE's best title is looking to descend into farce with the upcoming couple of issues, if the last pages of this one are anything to go by.

The main story in this issue is a worthy comic indeed - excellent art by Moline and Geraci emphasises the normality of what is going on in this series, and integrates the weird events (such as people changing into demons, and ghosts spiriting off people's soul to the Adversary) into this "normal" world neatly, so it all seems part of a cohesive whole rather than supernatural bits and bobs bolted on top.

Surrounded by demons and the like, Cassie and her officer friend make a break for it, taking advantage of a distraction caused by a couple of patrolmen to get away - and, in a nice touch, writer Tony Bedard is not afraid to show the full consequences of what happens to those inadvertantly interfering cops.

Great dialogue, great pacing, great story. Until they hit a circus. Visions of weird travelling circuses filled with freaks, committing crimes and then moving on abound and have become something of a cliche by now, and it sure seems this circus is going to be just as run-of-the-mill as the others. Here's hoping Bedard has a bit of magic up his sleeve to make it stand out, but it's the first time in nine issues that I've cause for concern over the future direction of this series...fingers crossed!

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