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StormWatch: Post Human Division #10

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2007
By: Matthew McLean

"Where Are They Now"

Writer: Christos Gage
Artists: Andy Smith, David Baron (colors)

Publisher: DC Comics/WildStorm

Thereís always something refreshing about watching an old professional go to work. Whether itís an elevator repairman or a super-hero, thereís an efficiency about a person who has taken the time and effort to stay on top of his game, while still keeping the old ways in mind. Often, these people are odd, impatient with those less skilled, or just set in their ways. However, if you can get them to talk to you, itís almost always worth your time. Much the same can be said of Post Human Division #10.

After taking a slight detour down Daemonite Alley and one of the strangest domestic violence cases ever, Post Human Division is back on the police beat. Or what passes for the police beat in the super-powered universe of WildStorm. When a couple of Stormwatch ex-operatives are assassinated in a high profile manner, PHD gets down to asking questions that every detective in the world asks: Who had motive? Is this an isolated incident? Are there any patterns?

Without any clear suspects, the PHD team ends up speaking to a parade of old agents that might be likely future targets. The result is an interesting look at these individuals, with a somewhat similar feel to a VH1 special. Except with green-skinned women, bullet proof men and werewolves. It also gives PHD an opportunity to poke fun at super-heroes of yesterday and today and the differences between the two.

The most entertaining of these, though, isnít any of the possible victims, but the one suspect the team manages to dig up: Slaughterhouse Smith. An old hand (and psycho) of the super-powered game, Smith has been in a bell jar for the last 35 years, so he is the pinnacle of that old professional mentioned earlier: skilled, grouchy, and generally unhappy with the progress of the world. However, as he quickly demonstrates for the personnel of PHD, he has also stayed on top of his game, having picked up a few new tricks along the way.

Gage and team have a good deal of fun taking the extremes and ridiculousness that are inherent in the super-hero genre and putting them into a mundane, everyday frame. In between the lasers, the mind control and pyrokinetics, people talk about marriages, old friends and how they make a living. They are people just trying to make their way in the world. Unfortunately for them, someoneís trying to kill them while they do it.

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