Reviewed by David O' Leary
Story by: Nate Cosby & Ben McCool
Art by: Breno Temura
Colours by: Christopher Sotomayor
Letters by: Rus Wooten
Cover by: Francesco Francavilla
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Cover Date: November 9, 2011
How do you assassinate a U.S. Senator without murdering him? Find out in a tale of impossibility & intrigue by NATE COSBY (Jim Henson's Storyteller), BEN McCOOL (MEMOIR, CHOKER) and BRENO TEMURA.
Following the great events in the last issue where the group violently recruited a reluctant Felix under the threat of death to his wife and daughter, this issue moves forward to the point where we see them take action for first time and move one step forward in their plan to create panic in the US. In what is shaping up to be my book of the year by a wide margin this issue did not disappoint.
This issue sees the team move to Colorado to get vital information of a Utah senator who is in hiding while being investigated for zoning irregularities. Having tasked Felix with getting ammunition for when they move in on the corrupt politician they are shocked to find that they armed them tranquilizers guns and their opinion of him has now moved towards Felix being a coward.
One of the most compelling facets of the issue is the continuing dysfunction of the team as they try to carry out orders from an entity that Felix believes is consigned to history. As the one member of the team who is not entirely behind the plan he has put himself into a very dangerous position that could leave him vulnerable.
I have just one minor issue with the scene where the group make their way past the senator's guards. The used what looks like percussion tranquilizer guns which make a hell of a bang when used but apparently all the sounds went unnoticed by those closest to he senator's room. I presume he didn't hear it himself as he was getting his funk on with some chick and was otherwise occupied.
Following two very strong opening issues I had my concerns about the team being able to continue putting out such strong product, that they set the bar too high too early and apart from the above minor point I think they largely have retained what has made the book such a compelling read.
In an issue largely devoid of dialogue, a lot of the focus on the storytelling is pt into the hands of artist Breno Tamura who does a great job. I love his heavy lines and his sketchy style works very well in the muted darks of the nighttime setting of this chapter of the story. Tamura does a great job of conveying the individual emotions of each of the team. For example, Tamura's rendition of Felix when the group are in the motel room when he questions the motives of the plan from Russia was great. You could feel the frustration he was experiencing just jump off the page.
There has been a solid foundation laid to this point with three great chapters. As the team moves ahead with their plans and seek the vital information from the senator this book can only get better and it promises some great material as the books begins to gather pace. Highly recommended.
Rating the Issue
Story: Overall 9
Concept - 9 out of 10
Plot - 9 out of 10
Dialogue - 9 out of 10
Art: Overall 9
Style - 9 out of 10
Storytelling - 9 out of 10
Colour/Tones - 9 out of 10
Importance: Overall 8.66
To the Title - 9 out of 10
To the Company - 9 out of 10
To the Medium - 8 out of 10
Name: David O' Leary
Bio: David has been with CR since June 2008 and started out as a reviewer and has expanded to do a couple of columns for the site also; starting with 28 Words Later with artist Declan Shalvey and later 5 Minutes With... where he talks with the industries best and brightest from Kubert to Moore.
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