Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Maurizio Rosenzweig
Release Date: 14th January, 2015
Van Lente’s tale of reincarnation and thievery picks up pace with this issue, and doesn’t disappoint. After the cliff-hanger ending of our protagonist Jericho Way’s fatal situation, we see a – surprisingly logical – escape routine from him. In the process, he is unlocked, made aware of his true potential and past selves.
Van Lente allows himself to explore the mythology he’s appropriated in this issue, with a brief but effective explanation of the seven parts of the Egyptian soul for the uninitiated. We have a clearer idea of how the characters we’ve met fit into this arrangement (although the signs have been there, not least in the highly effective, if stylised, art of Rosenzweig). It also teases us beautifully, as we’ve still to meet some, with each issue building in a new core character. It’s also promising as it implies that there are other groups of 7 in the same way, scattered across the world.
The art remains catchy, grabbing your attention through clever panelling and strong colours. It will perhaps jar for some people, but it works for me. It’s dynamic, with strong action and a consistency that helps the sometimes intricate narrative hang together cohesively.
This is, above all, a fun comic, as any good heist story should be. Where it delivers that bit more is the mystery within, which keeps us, and the characters, spinning. Great stuff.
The Writer of this piece was: Sam Graven
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