Written by Gail Simone
Drawn by Jim Calafiore
Published by Dark Horse Comics
A couple of interesting things happen in this issue. Cody shows Mina his remaining resources as The Crimson Shadow, and asks her to be his sidekick. Rainwater and Ethan prepare to dive into the big hole in the middle of the city, the one that contained the monster/alien/whatever it was, the turned the heroes crazy. Apparently these two are into performing death-defying stunts together, and I guess they consider this the ultimate adventure. Bennet’s remaining team encounter a pack of wolves, which causes Meredith to freeze and flashback to her childhood. While this is a good way from Gail Simone to fill us, the readers, in on the character’s backstory, in practicality it confirms what I was saying in the previous issue about what a potential liability someone like her would be on a mission like this.
Michael and Harold fill in Bennet and Samuel about the people in “Padlock Territory” (whom we got a brief glimpse of last issue), and they face the crazed elastic hero Ribbon. And then the big shocking reveal is in regards to the true nature of the man Bennet claims they were hired to find and rescue.
DAMN. I can’t say much about this without spoiling it. But this cliffhanger is that best, it makes the most logical sense and offers several different potential turns for this series. Gail Simone really knows how to draw you into a story, and we’re seeing examples of that here. And, of course, I can’t praise Jim Calafiore’s artwork enough. This is turning out to be a really great series.