PREVIOUSLY: PRODIGY. #2
Mark Millar starts off this issue right in the middle of a gunfight on top of a moving train, and the action just picks up from there barely giving the reading time to breath. This is a globe-trotting adventure as we see Edison and his current ally, CIA Agent Rachel Staks, traveling across Tibet, Cambodia, Pakistan and India (or, to be more precise, the bottom of the Indian Ocean). We’re giving plenty of scenes that show off even more of Edison’s talents, which include deep-sea diving, gambling, and psychoanalysis. But no matter what obstacles present themselves, be it pirates or killer sharks, Edison always has a plan to get through it. Through the introduction of another ally of his, we learn that Edison’s only real “weakness” is that his constant drive to satisfy his curiosity occasionally leads him to take unnecessary risks. Edison and Rachel get the ancient scroll that they were looking for, which tells them all that they need to know about the cult that is behind these attacks from a parallel Earth, and now they’re on the trail of the one thing that can stop the cult. So the adventure continues.
Another very satisfying issue, heavy on action, but with enough character moments to keep it from being just one long series of fight scenes. Millar writes Edison very well. But I guess if I had to list a complaint is that Edison does risk coming off as a little too perfect, at times. There’s never any real sense that he’s in danger. Like, this issue ends on a cliffhanger with Edison supposedly in trouble, but based on everything we’ve seen him do in this issue leading up to that, there’s no real reason to assume that he’s even in the slightest bit of danger, as it’s likely that he’ll obviously have some little trick up his sleeve to save himself. So where’s the tension? Hopefully, this aspect will be addressed in future issues.
As usual, I have no complaints about Rafael Albuquerque’s art, he does his usual fine job, as he gets to illustrate many varied locales in this issue, with exciting action sequences. He and Millar continue to make Prodigy one of the best books on the market today.