“Chemical Chords” (No Spoilers)
This was a much more subdued issue than the previous two. It is ironically fitting considering what Powerhaus is doing in this issue.
This issue felt like set-up for something bigger later on. Based on the end of the issue, I doubt one of the characters here is done in this story like they say they are. So far, each of the issue covers have given us a heads-up of which Dv8 character we’re going to focus on: issue one focused on Copycat, issue two on Bliss, and here we focus on Powerhaus. It’s a nice story structure because each of the kids gets their time in the spotlight.
“Cursed Female” (No Spoilers)
This issue was a little more reserved but I really didn’t mind due to the strong delivery of last issue. In the last issue, Brian Wood and Rebekah Isaacs accomplished the incredible task of getting the story set-up, establishing a great conflict and re-introducing the characters. Here we take time to focus on the character of Bliss. I really like the structure of the story because it seems that Wood is going to layout each character’s motivations before we get into any heavy action. In fact, this issue is very light on the action (although Frostbite does get to show off his powers in a ‘cool’ way -pun intended).
“The Day I Tried to Live” (No Spoilers)
Wow! This is a really deep comic. Brian Wood has taken these characters that were once simply the “evil Gen 13”, and presented what is almost a psychological study of them. When Warren Ellis took these characters into their own series, his interest in the characters seemed to be that they were screwed up individuals and he wanted to explore that. As much as I usually like Ellis’ work, I didn’t think his Dv8 run was that great. Although he did tell some stories with these characters that were pretty messed up, ultimately I don’t think it really got into each of the team members like Wood does here.