Writer: Brian K. Vaughn
Artists: Pia Guerra (p), Jose Marzan, Jr. (i)
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo
Our hero and heroines have come to Yokogata, Japan searching for Ampersand. 355 and Yorick are following Ampersand’s tracking device to Tokyo, while Dr. Mann and Rose go to the lab of Mann’s mother. Both pairs receive terrible shocks, each that could dramatically affect life in the manless world.
The relationship between Yorick and 355 takes an interesting turn as we learn how much they have in common. Specifically, how many of the same things they both hate. Their conversation about how hating the same things brings people together made me re-think how I look for women. It also implies a growing romance between the two. The romance between Rose and Mann is less honest. Rose is just getting close to Mann to spy on the group. I’m not sure if she’s feeling guilty about lying to Mann or if she feels nothing at all. These romantic plots and subplots keep the book interesting and provide a nice diversion from the main story.
What more can I say about the art? It could be the most perfectly drawn “real world” comic on the stands. There’s a great subtlety to the characters’ body language that conveys more than what they’re saying. The coloring is beautiful! Excellent lighting effects. With romance in mind, I’d like to see Guerra and Marzan collaborate on a modern romance comic.
By the way, the “morphic resonance” Dr. Mann mentions refers to a theory that all life on Earth is connected through “morphogenic fields,” and Earth itself produces these fields. Tampering with them would affect life on this planet.
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