Tales of Honor: Bred to Kill #3
Top Cow/Image Comics 2015
Written by Matt Hawkins & Dan Wickline
Illustrated by Linda Sejic
Lettered by Troy Peteri
Last issue Honor told the boys to start a fight and that got them locked up which is where they are when open up this issue. It’s here we learn a little more about Harkness and what he’s been through before joining the Royal Manticore Navy. Honestly now i’d love a three issue series depicting his life now starting at sixteen till he ends up on Honor’s ship. There’s something both fascinating and horrifying about the circumstances of his story and he managed to overcome it, well somewhat, and be where he is today. It’s a good introduction point for a side story.
Alia wants to know the truth about what’s going on and why Honor’s on Eros. So erring on side of caution and honesty she tells the truth. This gets better results and a room number for her missing uncle. Once there the real reason for his visit is laid for them. The whole deal of these genetically modified slaves and the illegal activities they perform are why he’s on Eros. He’s writing a story but can’t get any proof. Apparently he’s not that great of a reporter if he’s been here this long, working with some of the slaves and still can’t get proof but that’s neither here nor there.
Honor however has had a personal invitation to let off steam and she’s going to help her uncle out by fighting in the arena. Which is where we saw her at the beginning of this story. Two bouts one after the other with Nimix, her Treecat, they manage to impress the right people and now she and her men have that invitation to join the safari on the surface.
When her uncle tells Michael of what’s happened it seems that things with the slaves have been escalating to a point where they are actually using her distraction to serve their own purpose in ways that well are going to the extreme. I mean seriously they are slaves who is going to care about a story written about them. No it’s time to take matters into their own hands and the best way for them to get noticed is to get violent. Though really when did violence solve anything substantially?
As things with Honor tend to go her trip the surface for the safari isn’t going to go as planned. Someone snuck down with them, took their ship after they debarked and it blew up leaving them alone down there which is where we’ll pick up next issue. The real question is who is behind what happened to their ship? Does Alia and her boss know something more is going on or is this the work of the slaves or has her uncle done what he could to make sure she doesn’t get back on Eros thinking he’s saving her life? A lot of questions, a lot of ways this could play out and any one of them would make perfect sense. So that we now have too many options it’s a need to come back next month to find out which one is correct.
I’m liking these stories a lot. Honor and her crew are extremely interesting characters and the way their personalities are fleshed out through the storytelling keeps them at the forefront and extremely likable. The action/adventure and mystery woven throughout also make for great reading. While Linda’s interiors are delightful i’ve seen better from her. They seem to be a little less detailed and a little more on the cartoon/comic side of things and that’s not the same as i’m used to seeing from her.
Overall this is an incredibly solid science fiction action/adventure story and should thrill readers.