Image Comics 2015
Created & Written by Jay Faerber & Brian Joines
Created & Illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis
Coloured by Ron Riley
With each issue i’m drawn further and further into this world and these heroes and the more I feel like I did back when comic book super-hero teams were fun. Not only that but now in it’s third issue we see the team really coming together and seeming like they’ve been around for quite some time instead of just being introduced to us. The guys have nailed how to write this book so that the characters seem like old friends and we are getting to know them through not only that banter but by their actions as well it’s really the kind of thing that those moaning about the so-called “Big 2” should be reading.
I’m kind of surprised to be honest that Crosswind had no idea who the Example was since it seems he’s been going up against specific foes to make him look good to his teammates so he can continue to gain their trust. So that he is unfamiliar with the Example and was taken pretty easily by him well that was wonderful to see. He’s a pretty unique villain and I was hoping he’d be sticking around to be his own person thorn in his side.
That he and his boss, the Inspector, are really walking a fine line here and by redirecting the fingerprint inquiry, which is kind of weird considering I would have thought there was more than one avenue to take to get the results, is going to get them in hotter water than they think when and I do mean when they are found out. It would be too much to ask that Crosswind change his ways and actually want to be a good guy in the end but still let’s hope this only goes on as long as it feels right.
Recluse is a character I want to see more of and not just because he’s overly suspicious but because this issue we see more of him and what he does so i’m intrigued. He’s not the only one who surprises us this issue with his knowledge and skill sets that are revealed here. I’m just such a fan of the way things are being written here, there are quite a number of subplots happening and they are the ones that you think oo I can’t wait to see more of that one! All the while this doesn’t detract from the main story.
Oh and the ending yeah I really am a fan of what’s happening here. The writing is clean, good, effective and keeps the reader entertained and informed. The characterization is wonderful and sometimes subtle and sometimes hits you over the head in surprise so that there really is never a dull moment. This is the super-team you want to read about.
Ilias and Ron do some pure super-hero stuff here too. The interiors are crisp, clean, detailed and full of life. The way pages are laid out are wonderful and the use of panels and the way the art flows in helping tell the story is near flawless. Actually let’s expand that the whole book is nearly flawless.