“Calm Like a Bomb” (No Spoilers)
Ok, now we’re back on track with this issue! The series had slowed down a little bit, especially last issue, but now we’ve got an issue centered on Threshold. Did anyone really think we’d get a slow issue dealing with Threshold? I think not!
Since he first appeared in the original Gen 13 mini-series Threshold has always been a very interesting character to me. He’s psychotic but he’s well justified in being this way I think. He saw his parents murdered in front of him when he was just a kid. He was raised by Project Genesis to be a killer. And he had Ivana Baiul as a lover once upon a time, something I think would drive anyone crazy. He’s also a very angry character which means he could snap at any moment and believe me, snap he does.
“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.