Writer: Bob Harras
Artists: Marcos Martin (p), Alvaro Lopez (i)
Publisher: DC Comics
Plot: As Tim and his captors begin to question his sanity, Tim's family remains in the dark about his return. In fact, Tim's best friend Mac has married Tim's wife, and Mac has ample motive to keep Tim from seeking out his family. In order to discourage Tim's efforts, Mac tells him that his family died during the accident. Needless to say, this news leaves Tim in a bad way, and the forces that hope to control him are looking to increase Tim's sense of isolation.
Comments: Nothing much happens in this issue, though there is some little character moments that did grab my interest. My fingers are crossed that Bob Harras is able to pick up the pace a bit in future issues as the central premise is sound enough that I don't want to see this book's readers eroded away by the current trend of drawn out storytelling. Now the relationship dynamic that is introduced in this issue is pretty interesting as Mac has decided to lie to Tim about what happened to his family. One has to question his motives for doing so. Of course, Tim wouldn't exactly be pleased to discover Mac married his wife. There's also a great little moment where Tim's mental state is brought into focus, as I rather enjoyed the scene where Tim confessed that he didn't remember having a child until Mac made mention of it. The question of whether Tim's mental state is being impacted by his power is also an engaging plot twist, in that it gives the character a unique hurdle to overcome. It essentially places a big question mark regarding the continued use of his new powers. There's also a nice little exchange where Tim is still having trouble adjusting to the idea that his powers makes physical contact lethal, and this idea makes for a powerful closing moment as another character is reminded of this limitation. The scene where the squad of soldiers pays a visit to the house that had played host to another breach event also conveys the idea of how unsettling these events are. I also rather enjoy the idea that Tim's overall sanity is actually a very real concern, as there are moments where the character is actually allowed to comes across as quite dangerous. The secondary plot involving the mystery woman also takes an interesting turn, as she is linked directly to the Herdsmen entities.
Marcos Martin turns in another fine issue. While most of this issue is a talking heads affair, the big impact moments are well presented, with the scene where Tim's lashes out in frustration after learning his wife was killed being the visual highlight of the issue. There's also a fairly disturbing looking sequence where the soldiers get a good look at what was waiting for them inside the house, and the horrified reactions on their faces relates how unsettling this discovery is. The credit page shot of the character also got the issue off to a good start, and the follow-up scene where Tim's frustration level grows to such a point that he nearly breaks free of the containment cube was nicely presented by the art. There's also a nice visual montage as Tate reflects on current events, as the art presents the young man as very close to putting together the pieces of the puzzle. The cover image of this issue also does a strong job of selling the chaos that is currently Tim's life.
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