Writer: Joe Casey
Artist: Tom Scioli
Price: $2.99 USD
The trial of Discordia is a national sensation. Audiences are glued to every second, up through its bloody conclusion. Maxim tells Adam Archer his transformation is part of a larger cosmic plan. Other aliens will arrive soon; not all of them so friendly. Neela Archer finds people willing to send her into space. And somewhere in Luxembourg, The Tormentor, Discordia’s father, prepares for his return.
This is a fairly slow issue compared to the rest of the series. Lots of talking and exposition, but with some witty one-liners. “You who philosophize and criticize all fears”, sounds like a song lyric. (Or should be.) Angie Archer compares Discordia’s trial to reality TV, only genuine. The jury is more concerned with getting books deals than meting out justice. What it lacks in action it makes up for in dialogue.
I’m sorry to say that the flaws in Mr. Scioli’s art are prominent in this issue. Tom’s a friend, and I hate to criticize him, but as a reviewer, I must point this out. There are panels where a person’s anatomy looks a little off. Their arms looks too large or awkwardly attached to their body. It’s really a problem of perspective. The dark ink patches on men’s faces and arms give them a craggy, rocky feeling. This works for our hero, Adam Archer. But for the judge and prosecuting attorney, they look like they’re covered with alien energy. On the other hand, the women now look softer and more feminine. I’ll put the “errors” down to deadline pressures. I know Tom can do better next issue.
And I am looking forward to the next issue. There’s the promise of more aliens, Neela’s mysterious new employers, The Tormentor and his army of mice dressed like Clark Kent and Superman, and Freidrich Nickelhead is long overdue for some real villainy.
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