“Manhunted; Part 2: Chasing the Dragon”
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Javi Pina, Diego Olmos (p), with Fernando Blanco, Bob Petrecca (i)
Someone is tracking down and executing anyone ever called a Manhunter, and this month the target is Paul Kirk of the Power Company. Kate, meanwhile, is blissfully unaware of her place on the list and focusing on her family and career again.
This is a brutal issue, simply brutal and intense. While the big reveal of who the stalker is means little to me (my knowledge of Manhunter history skips the 80s for the most part), you can’t deny the intensity of his attacks or his ruthless methods. Paul Kirk is perhaps a bit over-confident, despite being warned, but it is good to see some aspect of the Power Company still in action.
Another defunct book that was a great idea makes an appearance in the form of Cameron Chase. Her work with the D.E.O. makes her an ideal collaborator for Kate Spencer, and I can’t wait for the two of them to meet.
Lots of little subplots are percolating as well, with someone stalking Kate’s son, a reporter nearing Kate’s secret, and the love life of her trusty servant “D-man” all providing punctuation marks to her dilemma.
While losing Jesus Saiz to Infinite Crisis was a big blow to this book, DC seems to be putting in the effort to at least find artists capable of a similar style so that his absence isn’t too jarring. All the characters he created are still recognizable, and I’m still happy to count this among my favorite monthlies.
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