Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Goran Parlov and Jose Marzan, Jr.
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
This issue provides an exciting conclusion to the latest arc, which allows Agent 355 to put on an impressive display of her ability and hold her own in a fight where she takes out five armed women in a three-page display of ultra violence.
This issue also has itself a great cutaway moment, where it leaves Yorick in a standoff with a trigger-happy young woman and the last panel has both guns going off, but the conclusion unknown.
While this issue is a pretty action intensive affair, there's also some solid character moments, from Doctor Mann's attempt to justify why she kept her cloning experiment a secret from the others, to the somewhat amusing follow-up sequence where Agent 355 awkwardly tries to explain that she plays for the other team.
There's also a nice little moment where Yorick talks about why he didn't take a gun with him when he left the city.
Now I do have one grievance with this issue and it is that it kills off a character that I had become quite fond of and while this character's death does get the issue off to a powerful start, frankly I was disappointed to see such a promising character killed.
If nothing else, I felt that the character was deserving of a better fate that simply to play the role of a shocking plot twist. Even so, the fact that Brian K. Vaughan was willing to kill off this character does lend a very real sense of uncertainty to the final page cliffhanger where another endearing character, which was left behind, has a run-in with one of the people that are gunning for Yorick.
The final pages of this issue also nicely follow-up on a plot thread which had been left dangling when the child of the astronaut is born and its gender is revealed.
The art of guest-artist Goran Parlov is a very close match to what we had been getting already so there is a nice uniform look to the art and the visual continuity of this series is maintained.
The art does a solid job of conveying the shocking nature of the more violent scenes without glorifying them and this gives the scenes a great impact. The look of terror on the faces as the bullets begin to fly paint a very convincing picture and the violence is never allowed to become too cartoonish.
I also have to make mention of the lovely cover image that this issue offers up.
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