Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Dale Eaglesham (p), Rodney Ramos (i)
After discovering the truth about the mysterious Amazon warrior who is rampaging he way across an alien world, we see Kyle gets to stand in the background doing nothing while the crisis is resolve with a single wave of the hand.
This appears to be Judd Winick's final issue on this book, and since he made it fairly clear that he's told all the stories he wanted to tell on this book, it's probably for the best that he was moving on. Now this issue is a bit of a snoozer as I really don't think there will be that many people thrown for a loop when the big surprise is revealed, though I must confess I was a bit troubled by the idea that Judd Winick decided the readers didn't need an explanation for how this little transformation occurred. There's also something a little disheartening about any story that decides to pass the buck when it comes how it resolves its final conflict, as one has to love the "one wave of my hand & everything is back the way it was before" ending that Judd Winick inflicts upon the reader.
However, I do believe the biggest insult that this book sends our way is the almost offhanded way that it resolves the subplot involving Jade's pregnancy, especially when DC's advertising arm went an made such an issue out of this surprise revelation. As for the art, I have to say I'm impressed by how many issues Dale Eaglesham appeared to have in the can before he made his departure to CrossGen, and it also doesn't hurt that the art is quite impressive at delivering its larger than life action.
Judd Winick has delivered a string of disappointing issues lately, both on this title, and over on Marvel's "Exiles", and I do hope that both of this dry spells is simply the result of him becoming bored with these respective titles. Still, this issue looks to be a classic example of a writer losing interest in an idea, as it's almost like he decided the story didn't deserve an ending that rewarded the reader. I actively dislike any ending where the problem is resolved with such a dismissive ease, as it basically is telling the reader that they've just wasted their time & money. Now Judd Winick gets paid no matter what he dishes out, but if he can't be bothered to make a greater effort than he's been displaying lately than his name is quickly going to move from a name I enjoyed seeing in the credit box, to one that I'll actively avoid. This issue is lazy writing at its worst, and I'm glad to see a new creative team is on the horizon.
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