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Here comes heavyweight showdown you’ve been waiting for! As Harada’s secret machinations come to light, the newly minted UNITY team will be faced with a choice that will change this team forever – and the Valiant Universe along with it. Get ready for a world-shaking battle royale as the final installment of UNITY’s first adventure pits X-O Manowar and Toyo Harada against the most dangerous battalion ever united – and each other.
Cover- This month Clayton Crain delivers a slick and poignant cover. This one has an all white background while Ninjak holds a sword to the throat of Toyo Harada who is bloody and beaten between his legs. I dig it allot!
Art- Doug Brathwaite’s art is gorgeous yet surprisingly subtle. While the action flows seamlessly and the bodies are all distinct and shapely it’s in the small things that it truly shines. On the opening page as Livewire and Harada walk away from the vault you can tell from the look on her face that she is conflicted. In the same panel you can tell Harada is a stern, serious and determined. Not many artists can pull that off.
Accessibility- Using the reporter as the reader’s point of view character much the same way that Christopher Priest used Everett Ross during his Black Panther run we are given an outside perspective on the events unfolding. They serve as a great way for new readers to be brought up to speed quickly while giving them someone they can imprint their own experiences on immediately.
Conflict/Emotion- Doug Brathwaite’s art helps to truly sell the conflict within Livewire. As she says while ragging Harada into the upper atmosphere, she now realizes how truly corrupt and power hungry he is. He was her savior, her mother and father figure. She is devastated to learn of his very human flaws, and the depth of his depravity. As she holds him in her arms and cries you realize how disappointed and emotionally devastated she truly is. “Goodbye Harada sama”, is a tender yet agonizing adieu. Livewire could have killed him but ‘cant’ despite his corruption. This pivotal moment again shows the dueling emotions within her…does she think him redeemable or is the pain of actually killing him herself too much to bear?
Harbingers- We also get a bit more insight on the ‘Unity’ team that was killed by Aric in Unity #1. It also shows just how loyal Harada’s men are to him. This is like a military run operation with Harada as president. Failing him means falling onto your own sword in regret.
Team- I love the skill set of this team assembled over at Valiant Hq. Their dynamic is fluid yet off kilter at the same time. As I said in Unity #3 Review, I can’t put my finger on what makes me love this team the way I do.
Small Nitpick- As expected Aric get’s back the armor and Livewire. Me sad
Unity #4 is an emotionally captivating, action packed, well drawn masterpiece! 5/5
It’s been a mighty long time since we had one of these debates but it’s been on my mind for awhile. So here goes!
the Avenger’s Luke Cage
Who would win
if these two went head to head in battle?!
Sound off below!
What I think
Colossus is stronger and more durable than Luke. His feats simply outclass Luke in every way. Colossus has gone toe to toe with Juggernaut, Gladiator and Thor. Even according to the official marvel stats Colossus is simply stronger and more durable than Luke.
In terms of ingenuity and smarts in combat Luke Cage seems to think more on his feet and is pretty resourceful in a pinch. Colossus is more of a straight up brawler while Luke has had training with Iron Fist. and is used to using an opponents momentum and strength against them.
In a postapocalyptic wasteland populated by mutants and terrorized by flesh-eating ogres, a young amnesiac searches for the answers to the mystery of his identity. Wandering aimlessly, he comes to the rescue of Lorna, a young girl who gives him a name: Number 13. Facing danger at every turn, Number 13 fights to stay alive as his quest to find out who he is leads to the deadly truth of what he is.
From the pages of Dark Horse Presents!
Art- Robert Love brings to life this interesting introductory tale which shines in action and emotional scenes. The colors by Diego Simone and Michelle Davies also add a dynamism thank to lighting and contrast that truly brings the entire package together in a beautiful way.
Story- This tale published by Dark Horse Comics takes place in another dystopic future. This one is the result of a scientist who created a virus which mutated the homosapien race into mutant creatures. An amnesiac black boy wanders the desert alone. He runs into an Ogre feeding on a little girl with three eyes. His arms morph into ballistic weapons and he kills the Ogre and rescues the little girl. After he makes her a prosthetic leg they meet upon her father who takes the boy with them. At the girls home the father quickly subdues the boy. Elsewhere his “siblings” learn of his location. The father reveals to the boy that he was created to kill all mutants and being a mutant himself he refuses to go peacefully into the night.
Black Hero- Number thirteen is an interesting addition to the black superhero ranks. Not much of a personality yet but since this is a 0 issue things must develop from here. I like his origin and the mystery of why he had amnesia in the first place and how he fits into his siblings plans. What other nefarious schemes did his father set in motion before his death? Is his father actually dead?
New World- Dystopic futures are a staple/cliché of most science fiction based tales at this point. I’m entertained enough to see where this one goes especially with a mutated human race and cyborg based “purifiers” all around.
Character- For a first issue this one really did not allow for any true connection between the reader and the titular character.
Cliché- It’s yet another tale of dystopia.
Number 13 is an interesting start for Dark Horse. Robert Love and David Walker’s first issue guarantees a return! 3/5
Years ago, Gideon Mace murdered Ava Ayala’s family.Ava Ayala is the White Tiger. She channels the power of an ancient god of terror and bloodlust. And she just gave it full control.Pray for Gideon Mace.
Cover- Very eye catching and like nothing on the stands this week. We have Ava Ayala beautifully rendered in the mouth of her Tiger medallion. Very symbolic and totally pleasing!
Art- Frank D’armata is still on art. For the most part things look real good. The action is seamless, relentless and the faces are expressive. The splash page used to illustrate the exchange between Ava and the ‘tiger’ was also excellently rendered and well placed.
Dynamic- I love the team dynamic as it develops. Monica with her years of experience is a mentor/mother hen. Cage is the leader/family man; Ava is now clearly the wild card, She Hulk the Lawyer, Jessica Drew the mother etc. Everyone has a clearly defined role in the grand scheme of things and the execution is spot on.
Heroes- Ava Ayala is the break out star of this issue as she bargains with the “Tiger”, god and then goes on a one woman trek of revenge. Monica Rambeau is our other clear winner in this series. She truly is portrayed as the “sun goddess” she was always meant to be. In terms of power only Blue Marvel can compare. She stops the raging Ava easily and looks damn good doing it. Luke Cage and Power man were also present but this was clearly not their time to shine.
Youth- Just like last issue the art indicates that everyone on this team is a smooth faced teenager, the reality is only two members are of the teen variety.
Blue Marvel- Where the hell is Adam Brashear?
Emotion- Ava Ayala was seeking revenge for the murder of their family yet the entire issue lacked an emotional echo of any kind. This issue would have been perfect if the art had been able to convey the pain, anger and hurt of this central character.
Again- It’s a running gag that Falcon always gets his ass handed to him and after showing how cool he was last issue……he gets pummeled and taken out in the blink of an eye. Mackie may be bringing Falcon to theaters but Ultimate Falcon is always going to be cooler as long as he continues to be everyone’s beating stick. Did he not get taken down first during the X-Sanction storyline? Yup!
Another very entertaining and exciting issue from Al Ewing with cool action scenes, good art and the most diverse cast this side of the Atlantic. Mighty Avengers #7 gets a 4/5
Publisher: Image Comics
Created by: Erik Larsen
Real Name: Kevin Gorelick
1st appearance: Savage Dragon #171, June 2011
Team Affiliations: None
Legal Status: US citizen with no criminal record
Height: 6’1 Weight: 190 lbs
Eyes: Orange Hair: None
Skills and abilities: Proficient street Fighter.
Powers: Superhuman strength.
Born to the super humans Rapture (from another dimension) and Skullface. Like his father he had a deformed appearance which often ostracized him from his peers. His father was a super villain and member of the the “Vicious Circle”, Savage Dragon’s most fearsome foes. Skullface was the right hand of Overlord the undisputed most powerful foe of Savage Dragon. Despite this Skullface ensured that his son attended school and always did his homework [Savage Dragon #171]. Thunder Head could not understand why school was important because he wanted to join his father in a life of crime.
His father warned him to stay away from a life of crime at all costs, David promised his dad before his death that he would stay away from crime [Savage Dragon #171]. Years later after his mother was killed he continued to stay away from crime.
The Vicious Cycle
When he was fired because of his appearance despite being a good worker and got an eviction notice he thought all his sacrifice had been in-vain. He was recruited into the “Vicious Circle” when they promised they could resurrect his dad. While perpetrating a crime he fought Malcolm Dragon, his 1/2 brother. In this first encounter he managed to hold his own an escape [Savage Dragon #171]. He delivered the desired device to the Circle thus completing his mission [Savage Dragon #172]. While at the graveside of his father alongside Wargod, they were thwarted by Malcolm Dragon and his adopted sister. During the battle the “resurrection machine” was damaged and Wargod was killed. When Malcolm realized they were brothers he allowed the reluctant villain to escape [Savage Dragon #182]. While visiting his father’s grave he witnessed a resurrection of ‘The Claw’ [Savage Dragon #183].
He was pulled into Claw’s plot and was abused by him. When Claw was stopped Kevin was severely injured and had to be hospitalized. Malcolm and him bonded during his recovery. Though he was told he may never walk again he vowed he would recover [Savage Dragon #189]. After leaving the hospital he got a job in a restaurant and using leg bracers was walking again [Savage Dragon #190-193].
“FOREVER EVIL” continues! With the Justice League gone, new heroes continue to rise up throughout the DC Universe! The Crime Syndicate tried to kill him, but now Cyborg is back to settle the score — and with him are The Metal Men!
Action- The Metal men vs. the radioactive man was brief yet a nice change of pace from the more story heavy moments.
Story- Cyborg tracks down Dr. Magnus to request the aid of his Metal Men to save the world with the Justice League out of commission. Magus at first refuses and recounts the creation and “death” of the Metal Men. The tale inspires Magus with Cyborg’s help to reactivate the Metal Men to save the planet.
Cover- This month the Metal Men in all their glory get the cover treatment and thanks to Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis it is gloriously detailed and super slick. I like it!
Black Hero- Cyborg like last issue is in the driver’s seat. Still like his redesign and characterization. Geoff John’s strikes again.
Art- Ivan Reis as always turns in slick and simply stunning visuals complimented by the
Debut- This marks the big debut of the Metal Men in the new 52 timeline. I was never a fan of the originals. Can’t recall ever reading a single book with them in it, fortunately this debut make’s them human and selfless enough that they are relatable. Each character has a very distinct look and personality giving their team instant chemistry and dynamism. They will be a worthy addition to the New 52 ranks if they can maintain their momentum after this issues big debut.
Justice League- At this point it’s quite silly to think of this book as “Justice League” when the only member who has been present since Forever Evil began was Cyborg. I expect fans of “Justice League” as a team book will be disappointed.
Cyborg was more of a guest star this issue but the Metal Men were surprisingly engaging and fun. Add that to the stellar art, great cover, great characterization and action and we have a winner-4/5
Feast your eyes on the North American poster for The Falcon played by Anthony Mackie! You may remember we got a foreign language poster featuring the Falcon awhile back. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 4, 2014.
What do you think? Sound off below!
More as it breaks!
Enter: Livewire! The next blockbuster chapter of Valiant’s chart-topping, fan favorite new series slams into overdrive as Valiant’s machine-wielding heroine takes command of the X-O Manowar armor!
On an airtight team of stone-cold soldiers, Amanda McKee is the one variable in the equation that equals absolute kill. Now, as the last woman standing against the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Foundation’s most seasoned technopath has just added one new item to her resume – newest bearer of the X-O Manowar armor and the finger behind the trigger of the universe’s most powerful weapon. Watch out world…this means trouble.
Story- On the downed ship Livewire experiences true bonding with the Man-O-War armor. She manages to save the team before surrendering the armor to Harada. Livewire’s brush with the armor expands her powers and after she realizes the depths of Harda’s depravity she contacts the Unity team to take him down.
Cover- Aric lays bloody and beaten on the floor while Livewire rips a door open behind him as her eyes glow with rage. Bellowing flames engulf the ship behind her. It looks freaking awesome!
Black Hero- This issue we get even more of the back story for Livewire. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Livewire is the best black superhero Valiant has out right now. My love for her is now approaching Mike Leroi status. Through her bonding with the alien armor new readers are given a firsthand experience of the sheer magnitude of what the armor is and can do.
Action- Nuclear warheads, flying fists and exploding hulls, yes, you action junkies will be happy.
Art- Doug Braithwaite’s distinctive and gorgeous art is something I look forward to every single issue. There is this almost painted nature that really makes it stand out against everything else on offer from everything else. While story is good you really have to give the art team their props for bringing said story to life. The splash page illustrating the bonding process deserves special mention. The colors from Brian Reber add so much depth to the artistic tapestry. The flashbacks and blurred edge panels really pull the reader in to experience what Livewire is and that deserves praise.
Chemistry- The team works well together and have an almost palpable chemistry. We have the honor bound wildcard that is Livewire, the megalomaniacal Asian psiot Harda to the highly trained Ninjak and the immortal Gilad. There is something unique and different about their team dynamic. I can’t quite put my finger on it though.
Things to Come- The next threat this team faces is none other than Harda…….from what we’ve seen in Harbingers he’s willing to sacrifice everything for self preservation and as a result taking him down will be far dirtier than dealing with Aric. How will he react to Livewire betraying him again?
Unfortunately- It’s inevitable that Aric gets back the armor
Questions- What happens to Aric and his people? That question is left unanswered.
Consequences- Livewire alludes to their being consequences as a child for her actions, it’s neither shown nor stated…was this verbal or physical abuse? both? Something more? It was quite vague.
Unity #3 provides us with a fleshed out Livewire with great character moments. A surprising twist ending, brilliant display of Livewire’s powers and a better picture of just what Kindt has planned over the long term. Add to that top notch art and we sure as hell have a winner on our hands. We give this a 5/5