Dynamite Entertainment 2015
Written by Warren Ellis
Illustrated by Colton Worley
Coloured by Morgan Hickman
Lettered by Simon Bowland
So few people are able to write a truly dark comic but Warren seems to be able to do it with such complete ease. Not only that but seriously I cannot believe how interesting this was and how much left there is to explore. All the while we’ve learned that these heroes are in this reality because of what they did in theirs though we’ve never learned exactly what that was. Or who passed judgment on them to banish, well not really.
I so want this to be the first in a series of stories that Warren and Colton are working on together in this reality. I mean last issue all those possessed by the ghosts of the vanquished were finally brought together. We pick up there this issue. That some are more comfortable with their passengers than others it’s no surprise that they don’t trust each other. Nor that they can agree on the right course of action to take now. Warren nails this so completely here it couldn’t have been written any other way or any better.
That before they can actually figure it out or come up a decent plan of action they are attacked by the one sent to contain them. The American Spirit gets to them and without so much as an ado they have to fight him. What I really enjoyed is the whole idea that these people have use powers they haven’t figured out yet to not only stay alive but stop him. I’m enthralled here I mean Colton and Morgan’s ability to tell the story through their visualization of the fight keeping it so dark with muted colours really is captivating.
You can’t really talk about what happens in this issue without giving too much away but I have to say that the action is gorgeously choreographed. The writing leaves you with a semi-complete picture and open ended enough that there’s still plenty to reveal in another limited series run. Just the fact that this has a whole honestly dark feel, ring and tone to it without being cliche or over the top is what draws me as a reader to a book. There’s a real sense of foreboding here and it’s terribly exciting.
Without being angst ridden the whole vibe we get out of this makes for some of the best reading around. There’s so much here that gives these old characters so much more life and potential for the future.