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Written by, Jody LeHeup

Art by, Nathan Fox

Colors by, Dave Stewart

Letters by, Steve Wands

Reviewed by, Tom Zimm

Recap

This issue advances the story connected to The Sword of God terrorist cell and the bomb they detonated 7 years previous, which killed 8 billion people on earth. Nathan, The Weatherman, is a captive, tortured for information, and perhaps not who he seems. Mr. Fisk, Amanda Cross, and Dr. Caryn search for clues to stop the cell while The Weatherman strives to catch up to the present.

 

The story is entertaining because of the efficiency with which it fills in the backstory while furthering the plot. The writer defines the motives of the terrorist cell in terms that make sense and informs their future intentions. For example, the cell believes that humanity is bad and therefore it deserves to be whipped out, which prompts the reader to consider their thoughts about those we consider to have flawed values. The story flushes out major players in the plot, such as, Amanda Cross who is depicted as a capable investigator and combatant. Mr. Fisk, the overstressed, compassionate, yet forceful commander. Both pique the interest in the story for the reader because they are written as distinctly different people, with separate roles, and strong personalities.

 

The topics are advanced and modern while also revisiting timeless questions. For example, scientific advancement in mind-manipulation highlights the benefits and potential negative impacts of modernization. The art is detailed in its depiction of faces and emotions while the space scenes are expanded adding scope and the visual effect. This was one of the most enjoyable issues I’ve read this year because of the great character work and pacing. I highly recommend this issue.

 

Overall = 9.5

Story = 10

Art = 9

 

About The Author

I am a licensed clinical social worker and trauma therapist. Comic book heroes have been a passion of mine since I was a small child. However, making the weekly trip to the local comic book store to redeem my pull list has become a regular occurrence only within the past 4 years. Some of my favorite comic properties include the Incredible Hulk, The Flash, Superman and Paper Girls. My criteria for a good book include: take stupid and fun seriously, and stay self aware.

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