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Seven Soldiers Klarion The Witch Boy #4

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2005
By: Ray Tate

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frazier Irving
Publisher: DC

Can't win them all.

To be fair, I really don't like Klarion all that much. Despite Grant Morrison's efforts, I've having a difficult time separating him from the evil Witchboy from The Demon. More so now that I have to accept that Zatanna in Seven Soldiers of Victory is the same Zatanna seen in Identity Crisis as well as its detestable spin-offs. So, I'm left with a quandary that applies to a lot of continuity. If she counts, why not Klarion? You can argue the time frame distinguishes the antagonist in this story from the pure villain from The Demon, but who's to say time travel won't become involved?

I mention these caveats for a reason. The book's climax really depends on the character. If you like Klarion, you'll love the climax and find that it packs a punch. If you're like me, and you like Morrison's Klarion just a smidge more than you did the villain, you'll probably find that the climax amounts to pretty much a shoulder shrug.

There's some wit to be found in the conclusion: the scene where the mother apologizing to her son for almost setting him afire, and the eugenics angle is a profound observation of the Religious Right's ultimate agenda for women; ladies, if you don't take off the blinders and start fighting for your rights as one unifying force, the bad guys are going to win, but the rest of the book the actual battle scenes, the super-hero type of adventure did nothing for me.

Frazier Irving's artwork truly blew me away this issue. The subtle, distinctive expression registering often the same emotions on multiple blue faces helps shape the denizens of Klarion's world as people rather than plot devices.

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