Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Marc Silvestri
Publisher: Image Comics/Top Cow
Storyline: In this, the next-to-last issue of the opening story arc, we begin to see the inner workings of James Morningstar’s organization and overall goals. As a recap, Ellis’ parents were “violent ultra-sapien extremists” who literally programmed the ability to track other ultra-sapiens into the DNA of Ellis. More and more, we’re seeing glimpses of how Ellis isn’t “normal.” Anyway, the issue provides a glimpse of Ellis’ childhood and education. It seems that his parents were training him for the ultimate game of survival, complete with the “real truth” to history, politics, economics, etc. Let’s just say that he’s a walking, breathing repository of “conspiracy theories.”
His desensitization continues as he and Sam continue to track down ultra-sapiens and try to bring them “in,” although most don’t come peacefully. It’s also very coincidental that every situation seems to have Sam in danger so that Ellis has to kill to protect her… She also has a wonderful little invention to spy on Ellis: a contact lens that acts as a video recorder.
Critique: This series continues to intrigue me. I’ve grown tired of the classic mutant titles which allow bad guys to continually run all over the world, leaving bodies in their wake while the good guys try to justify not taking decisive actions against the bad guys. Most of the storylines in the mutant pike should have been resolved years ago. Now, we have a fresh title, somewhat along the same general lines, but with a fresh twist and some interesting “backstory” that hasn’t been fiddled with by various creators. Don’t get me wrong…I have always been and will continue to be a fan of the MU, but Magneto, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and others should have been hunted down and terminated years ago! I think that Hunter-Killers has the right amount of the decisive action with moral consequences.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke
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