Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Neil Googe, Stephen Molnar
Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm
I really questioned where this series would go once the initial arc had ended. I never even considered it being more than a mini-series, which is not to say I don’t think this book has legs. As I have no doubt become a broken record about, Simone and Googe have managed to create a very rich community of characters that can sustain one great arc after another.
So the aftermath of the “Battle of Good Maxis” is upon us. It’s easy to see right away that things won’t go back to normal in Tranquility. I was surprised to see who the issue centered around, mainly because I thought his introduction into the series was a token appearance.
Guess Simone doesn’t have token NPCs in her books. Consider yourself warned.
I do have two nitpicks that I need to get out of the way, mainly because I want to praise the book more at the end. First of all, what in the world are the Gen13 kids doing in the town of Tranquility? I don’t read many of the Wildstorm proper books, with an occasional Authority or the Captain Atom crossover from the DCU. But as I wrote earlier, there’s no such thing as a freak appearance with this writer. Hopefully I can figure out what it going on without having to pick up another book. It's one thing to get me to buy it on its own, but being roped into it is another thing.
The other problem I have is with the T&A back-up story about Pink Bunny. There are many little things I wouldn’t prefer, but not because they are poorly written or drawn. I just don’t particularly enjoy soft-core shower scenes with violent outbursts by a supposed “good” character. If you like that sort of thing, the background story of PB and her arch nemesis Hellkitten was quite a treat. I would have preferred the main story continue for another few pages and give me some more amazing Googe art.
With this being the first part of a new story, this issue was mainly set up for what is to come. There were a few eyebrow raisers, a specialty of this book, but there are way more to come in future issues. If you have room in your summer budget, now would be a great time to get on board with this series. You can always count on this book coming out on time, and the script will always be tightly written. I will sing Googe’s praises until he gets a flagship title to work on. He’s got a bright future in this industry.
Endearing humor, multi-layered plots, rich characters and a great up-and-coming artist; those are the trademarks of this great book. Plus, we got to see the Emoticon take his “eyeballs” out and the dead rise.
What more could a comic fan ask for?
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