Writer: Jay Faerber
Artists: Jon Bosco (p), Ron Riley (i & colors)
Publisher: Image Comics
Ah, the Nobles, the first family of the Image Universe (emphasis on the "family"). The Nobles have seen their shares of ups and downs and as with every other issue before it, they continue to do this in this one. I have been on the "Noble wagon" for seventeen issues, more than two thirds of the run of this series. I have also picked up the Family Secrets mini along the way and though it has had its share of "forgettable" story lines, over all, it has been an interesting enough (if a bit heavy on the dramatic) read.
This issue marks Jon Bosco sixth contribution to the series since he took over from previous artists, Fran Bueno and Freddie E. Williams, and even though there isnít anything overtly putting off about it, I am still having a difficult time letting go of my hopes of seeing Bueno and Williams (current artist on DCís Robin series) make a return. The colors (Ron Riley) still havenít reached an ideal setting with the new team, the faces still seem unfamiliar, though not as much as they did the first time around (issue #19). On the plus side though, there have been steady improvements, both in Boscoís ease and familiarity with the characters and how he has kept track of their "conditions," especially Race Nobleís stubble. Having had a difficult time (ever since he lost his powers), Race is expected to have let him go, instead focusing on ways to get them back.
While the big thing here is Race and his efforts at getting his powers back, elder brother Rusty (last ish.) also gets his screen time, as do Mama Gaea and her putting public perception above all else. Celeste and Dawn also make a two-page appearance and though itís clear where that plotline is headed, I for one canít wait for it to be over with. It has been over a year (i.e. 12 issues) since their "relationship" began, and even though comic time runs differently than real time, I find it odd that no one has discovered, and more importantly exploited, their secret liaisons, and no, that bit with the Nobles does not count.
Back to Race and his problems. Going from starting the day by meeting and finalizing a "powering up" session with Dr. Wiseman (the same guy who gave Celeste her stellar powers), he ends it by having his wife, Liz, finally confront him about his recent time he spent with ex-sister-in-law, Celeste. After a short argument, an easy enough (and given these two characters, expected) patch up, Race heads to Wisemanís place, with Liz accompanying him, both for moral support for him and to keep an eye on Wise-boy. As expected, something does go wrong, so I guess it was a good thing that Liz did what she did..., unfortunately not for her. A blast of tachyons and Liz vanishes into thin air, or rather time, setting the stage for next monthís Double-Sized Anniversary Issue.
Conclusion: Comic-book soap opera, only with powers; this series is that and much more. In an industry chock full of "super action" superhero comics, the Nobles have found their niche in providing an escape into the dramatic.
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