Writers: Brandon Jerwa, Michael Avon Oeming
Artist: Lee Moder, Brian Buccellato (colors)
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
As comic stories (titles) go, Dynamite Entertainmentís Highlander has a rather oddÖ, wellÖ, dynamic for me. While a fan of the TV series (both the main Highlander and of The Raven), I havenít seen more than a passing teaser of any of the Highlander movies, the franchise from which I take the character of Conner MacLeod starred in. For me, until the time I picked up this comic, a Highlander story featured Duncan MacLeod, not his fellow clansman, Conner. The fact that Conner starred in this title rather than Duncan disappointed me, the same way a Conner fan would have felt if things were the other way around. That said, four issues in, although not still not looking forward to every issue with the same enthusiasm, I have not only come to know (to an extent) the character of Conner MacLeod but also enjoy and be interested in the adventures of this over five hundred years old immortal.
Ending the previous issue in a "past time" cliffhanger, this issue reveals the identity of the new entrant as everyone in the group, from Conner to Dr. Arman Volkov, were affected by the events of January 12th, 1964. While Connerís involvement with the newbie, the Big-Bad of this plot, Kurgan, goes back centuries, Volkovís was (at that time) only a few years. Still, even with whatever it is that drives two immortals against each other, with what Kurgan did to him, the old scientist is the one with more reasons (and possibly hate?) driving him to have that particular immortalís head on a platter.
With the flashbacks taking up the major part of the story, including yet another cliffhanger ending, the present time (okay, 1986 time) scenes are limited to the groupís arriving in Serbia. Followed by one of the Temnotiye, it seems that if not completely cognizant, at least Tasya has more than a passing suspicion of their shadow. As for the Temnotiye, it is the collective name for the non-immortal but long lasting creations that Volkov created for Kurgan.
As good as the writing and story is, I am not sure if I would have remained with this series this far if not for the mature yet adequately flashy artwork of Lee Moder and Brian Buccellato. My own personal favorite image of this issue is Volkov's aging.
Conclusion: With both the writing and art hitting all the correct notes, my time with this Highlander looks set to be (almost definitely) a long and more importantly, an enjoyable one. Now if only they could bring Duncan in.
You can find more reviews by Bruce Logan at www.xcave.net
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