“Red Blade 3 of 3: Red Reign” (No Spoilers)
Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! What an amazing finish to this crazy high-speed car chase on crack of a storyline that Adam Beechen and Tim Seeley have kicked off their run with! These guys took the phrase “hit the ground running” to the nth degree with this one. This was a crazy superhero war! This is the kind of carnage that would be wrought if super-powered beings really got into it.
When I saw that their first arc was only going to be 3-issues I was a little concerned because I thought that was too short for an arc. Especially considering the kind of the story they were going to tell.
“Where We Are” (No Spoilers)
Wildstorm’s creator-owned releases have produced a few gems as of late which include but are not limited to titles like Mysterius the Unfathomable, North 40 and Victorian Undead. So here we have their most recent creator-owned offering with Sparta U.S.A. #1. Writer David Lapham is best known for his work on Young Liars and Stray Bullets. But honestly, this comic is the first time I’ve ever read any of his stuff. I’m not the first guy to try a new comic. I usually wait to see what others have to say about it. But at least with Wildstorm’s creator-owned stuff I am trying to change that.
“Disorder” (No Spoilers)
This issue can be summed up in three words: chaos, chaos, chaos! Last issue saw The Carrier on a collision course with the planet Daemon, the planet of the Wildcats sworn enemies the Daemonites. It was a great cliffhanger and set-up a precarious predicament for our heroes to say the least.
The creative team has got this run broken down into beats. We alternate from story to action on a pretty frequent little cycle. It is a really refreshing pace. One thing I was interested to see was how this creative team was going to deal with so many characters.
“Red Blade 2 of 3: Red Flags” (No Spoilers)
Another incredible issue from the new creative team! This can be considered the “Empire Strikes Back” of this premiere 3-part arc that Adam Beechen and Tim Seeley have constructed. Things do not bode well for our heroes. They just witnessed The Red Blade forces defeat an entire fleet and now they’re returning to finish off our heroes!
Even though many heroes are present, Beechen wisely keeps the focus down to a few while the others are either in the background or have smaller roles. Fans of The New Dynamix mini-series that came out in 2008 will get a nice surprise in this issue. It is also noteworthy that mid-way through the issue, the events we saw in Gen 13 #34 a couple of weeks ago come into play.