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Villains United #5

Posted: Friday, September 16, 2005
By: John Hays



Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Dale Eaglesham (p), Wade Von Grawbadger (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


Well, there are too many good spoilers in this issue for me to do a proper plot synopsis, so suffice it to say that the Six are fed up with Mockingbird and want some answers, while the Society is fed up with the Six and want their heads on a platter. If youíre looking for the issue that has all the answers, this is the issue to pick up. In fact, the only answer you DONíT get yet is the identity of Mockingbird, which is of course going to be left for the final issue.

I really enjoyed this issue. There were a ton of surprises, even one or two which were just on my part due to my not being extremely familiar with all of the characters shown. For instance, I thought the gorilla on the first few pages was Gorilla Grodd, and not Monsieur Mallah. I think it would be a great idea if each issue had an extra page that served as a Whoís Who for all of the characters that appeared in each issue, to catch everyone up on the current DC villains.

Regardless, Simone has yet to shift out of fourth gear with the pacing of this story, and itís a thrill to turn each page whether you recognize everyone or not. To see two characters in particular in this issue really brought home the idea of the upcoming crisis somehow tying back into the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and thatís always a plus.

The art is detailed enough to allow the reader to distinguish each character clearly, which is essential in a storyline involving so many different characters, many of whom are third or fourth tier. The coloring is vibrant and accurate for each character, which is also essential in character recognition. It has to be fun getting to draw so many different types of characters on big splash pages.

Overall, I would say this is easily the strongest issue of the miniseries. It will be quite a trick for issue six to outdo this one. I look forward to seeing how Gail can rise to the challenge.



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