“Hit and Run, Run, Run”
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist: Cliff Chiang
Plot: Speedy and the Canary work hard to buy time with the Amazons for Connor to help Ollie escape. But Athena just might be onto them, and how many Amazons can Dinah put down in the arena before tiring out herself, anyway?
Comments: Damn, this is one good-looking comic book. Chiang is turning in a personal best here, with interesting camera angles, attractive heroes, a diverse and wacky group of Amazons, and imperious and emotive characters on every page. I had real doubts the quirky and cartoonish (in the best way) Chiang could turn out mainstream work, but he’s a real treasure thus far, lovingly capturing the intimacy of this long running heroic couple.
Winick’s story is creative as well, fast-paced and full of incidents and some amusing (if not terribly subtle) dialogue. The idea that the Amazons would recruit Dinah by killing/kidnapping/impersonating Ollie is an odd but not unbelievable one, and seeing Athena rule her army of women worshippers harkens back to her appearances in Rucka’s excellent run on Wonder Woman. The gods are nothing if not manipulative, after all. While Athena is acting very imperious, she’s not acting very goddess like, as her true agenda for Dinah begins to unfold.
Meanwhile Ollie and Connor are in rather comedic dire straits, as the rescue operation seems to be going awry awfully fast. Winick gets the family dynamic of Ollie’s clan, and the banter is amusing between a quite interesting cast of archers and one very pretty lady. The Amazons have to be a bit dumb to let this small group of mortals get away with their seat-of-the-pants approach, but hey, they still look better here than they did in Amazons Attack.
A series of shocking reversals, reveals and changes ends the issue, putting a finale to this opening arc, but leaving new events gaping in a cliffhanger. I’m not sure how to feel about it (though it was predicted on the website boards months ago), but I’m happy enough with this series thus far that the dire development isn’t going to be a dealbreaker for me.
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