Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Marc Silvestri
Publisher: Image/Top Cow
After that very convincing charade at the end of last issue, it seems that Ellis has “taken the bait and swallowed the hook.” Sam and Ellis in Africa try to “save” a little girl named Lavonna who has the power to kill anything living within a fifty-yard radius. Seeing as how that would be a GREAT weapon, all the nations of the Earth send troops to retrieve her for that purpose. Theorizing that Ellis can duplicate the young girl’s powers, Sam holds off the troops so Ellis can retrieve her instead. With Ellis unable dispatch the girl, Sam completes the mission for him. As a justification for killing the girl, Sam offers to introduce him to every man, woman, and child in the next village whose lives were spared.
I’ve always been a fan of Waid and Silvestri. Many of the superheroes and team comics seem to be inspired by the works of other creators such as the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Superman, etc. This series is one of the only ones I’ve come across which gives its individuals super powers, has some sort of historical plausibility, has a sense of humor, and doesn’t feel like retellings of old stories. I love the artwork, if a little too sexy for my elementary school children, and the writing is fresh and believable (once you suspend disbelief in the whole super powers thing).
For my money, the X-Men have completely lost focus with the characters and have become too “out there” for me. The reworking of Spiderman by JMS has made me cancel my subscription. The realigning of continuities that continue to happen at DC have got me confused and disoriented. Typically, the works of Image have lacked a sense of survivability for the long-term or have had a real sense of the occult or supernatural. But…I think Hunter-Killer is a series to keep your eyes on. By the way, it’s extremely difficult for me to find back issues, so wait for the first TPB so you can read the stories as a set, as opposed to reading a chapter a month.
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