WRITER: Geoffrey Thorne
ARTIST: Jason Johnson
COLORIST: Sai Studios
LETTERER: Erika Terriquez
EDITOR: Shannon Eric Denton
PUBLISHER: Lion Forge Comics
Previously: Knight Rider #6
Michael has been captured by the group who kidnapped Katherine. And finally all (or most) of the details of what is behind this opening arc are revealed. This is a dialog-heavy issue, not as much action as the previous issues, but that’s okay because dialog is one Geoffrey Thorne’s strengths as a writer. Although the downside is that it makes it difficult to say that much about this issue without spoiling it. You really just need to read it for yourself.
Michael meets the enemy, a traitor from deep inside F.L.A.G., who explains why everything is happening, what their motives are, and reveals the “secret origin” of the founder, Wilton Knight (while still leaving a little mystery to be explored later) and why he founded F.L.A.G. in the first place. The main antagonist appears to straddle the line between villain/hero in that their motivation for taking over F.L.A.G. is basically that they don’t think the organization is doing enough to fight lawlessness in the world. And as such, their takeover (aka “Hostile Restructuring”) of F.L.A.G. is with the goal in mind of more making it more pro-active, I guess. And do whatever is necessary to remove evil from the world. The first step is getting access to K.I.T.T. so they can make 100 more just like him/it.
But, let’s just say, that there is a double-cross at the end, that paints the antagonist much more clearly as villain. Michael, Katherine, and K.I.T.T. are reunited, but we end in a classic Mexican-standoff. It doesn’t look like everyone is getting out of this alive…
I’ve been mostly enjoying this series but I feel that now, with this issue, it has really hit it’s stride. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t single-out Jason Johnson, who continues to do a fine job bringing Geoffrey’s stories to life. I’m looking forward to a satisfying conclusion to this opening arc, next issue.
And for more background about this series, feel free to check out Geoffrey Thorne’s thoughts on the matter HERE