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Rainmaker debuts in the New 52

rainmakerLast month’s The Movement #2 saw the debut of one of our favorite Gen 13 kids, Rainmaker.  It was just a cameo but this month’s #3 sees her in full action.  While it has been discouraging that a lot of the Wildstorm presence has diminshed in the New 52, it’s good to see we’re getting some nuggets here and there.  It’s also not surprising because writer Gail Simone did a stint on Gen 13.  For those hungry for some Wildstorm stuff, be sure and pick up the latest issues of The Movement!

Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #6

“Homecoming-Part 6: Ending Note” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Gail Simone
Pencils: Horacio Domingues
Colors: Carrie Strachan
Letters: Travis Lanham
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Neil Googe

We’re finally at the end of this surprisingly dark and disturbing Welcome to Tranquility story. Gail Simone truly reached into some dark places to come up with the villain of this series.

I think ultimately Simone was having a lot of fun with this series despite how dark it got. This issue sees some ideas from the original series come into play and it also takes an opportunity to add some surprising twists to the Tranquility lore. There are some characters that hook-up in here that were real shockers. The hook-up was introduced (and I guess technically simultaneously re-introduced) all in this one issue. But the denizens of this town are not exactly normal so it fits with feel of the town.

I’ve been reading this without going back and re-reading the original mini-series. I found that overall I was still able to enjoy it but even having read the original series, there were still some things that I found myself a little lost about. There is a mission that Sheriff Lindo sends Salabal on and at first I had no idea where it came from. When I saw the plan carried out I was able to piece together what happened but that’s only because I knew details about the character of Maximum Man from the original series. I think it’s something that new readers might get a little lost with. In the end, I think it’s better to read the original series first before reading this one. It’ll just make for a more complete reading experience.

This inadvertently became the swan song for the citizens of Tranquility. Their fate has already been revealed in the pages of World’s End so this was a nice little story that fits right before that. I really enjoyed this series and would’ve loved to have seen more done with these characters. Whatever is done in the future with the Wildstorm characters, I hope Simone is always at the forefront when it comes to the town of Tranquility.

Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #4

“Homecoming-Part 4: Home to Roost” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Horacio Domingues
Colors: Jonny Rench
Letters: Travis Lanham
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Neil Googe

Simone’s normally quaint little town of Tranquility gets a little ‘Silence of the Lambs’ injected into it this issue. As the superhero citizens of the town learn the identity of the villain that’s been on the attack things get a little tense.

Simone has introduced a great new villain during this series. He has proven himself to be a true threat even to the more powerful residents of Tranquility. His motivations also take a darker tone this issue as Sheriff Lindo reveals a past connection she has with the villain.

We do get some great action pieces in this issue, especially from some of the characters that you normally wouldn’t expect it from. It’s this sense of the situation truly becoming dire that has kicked this story up a notch. One character’s future is already in question and it seems that anyone who encounters this villain isn’t fairing any better.

Domingues’ art does have its moments. He gets to draw some great action this issue. There’s also the arrival of a hero who I think will mean more to people who read the first Tranquility series. It was great to see him in action again.

Simone also does a great juxtaposition of the events towards the end which (without spoiling anything) involved the villain taking on the returning hero while a little girl reads a comic book with Pink Bunny. It’s a very cool moment and I thought Simone did a great job with it.

I have to hold my rating steady for this one. This has been a great little mini-series so far and I know with two issues left we’ve still got room for a lot more Gail Simone goodness!

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness!)

Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #3

“Homecoming-Part 3: An Armor of History” (No Spoilers)

Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Horacio Domingues
Colors: Jonny Rench
Letters: Travis Lanham
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Neil Googe

Gail Simone is a true master of the story telling device “the plot thickens”. This is only the 3rd issue of this mini-series and she has packed so much story into this series so far. She is also doing a great job of balancing all the characters which is no easy task with an ensemble cast.

The story behind the villain of this story could have easily been written off as a cliché. But Simone takes us down some dark places as we see the true nature of this villain. We also find out pretty quick how he got this way. This new character she’s introduced is really powerful and it leads to some disturbing uses of his powers. This issue is really about him as the other characters can do little else but be reactive to the events unfolding before them.

Domingues’ art is growing on me a little but there are still some places I feel he can improve. However, there is one scene between Henry Hate and Zombie Zeke that he illustrates which was hilarious! I’d call it Simone’s obligatory humor scene but I think that comes off as negative. And believe me there is nothing negative about Simone’s humor. She comes up with some fun scenes (wait until you see the in-comic “advertisement”).

The issue also has a great cliffhanger. Any time the survival of any of the characters comes into question, it’s a great cliffhanger. Plus, with the way Simone has presented our villain, the act he performs at the end is truly wicked and comes after some intense build-up in the story.

One Foot in the Grave seems to be focusing on our new villain more than the citizens of Tranquility. This may make the difference for new readers because they’re learning about this new character as older fans do the same. It’s almost as if he’s the window into this story. I hope people are giving this title a try. It is proving to be a solid read each month.

8 out of 10 (On it’s way to greatness!)