"Unleashed Part One"
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Javier Pina
Publisher: DC Comics
For me, Kate Spencer is one of those characters that I just enjoy reading. Marc Andreyko has made her such a strong and relatable character that it's very easy to enjoy this book. I was really sad when I heard that the book was being cancelled, but much like a fellow female character for the competition, Manhunter refuses to go down quietly.
This issue is a perfect jumping-on point for anyone who hasn't read the book before. As the book opens, Kate fights Wonder Woman, and then the story flashes back to how this all started. Kate is brought in to defend Wonder Woman against charges of murder (she killed Maxwell Lord prior to Infinite Crisis; it's nice to see that hasn't been swept under the rug and is being played out somewhere) since Wonder Woman respects Kate's objectivity and sense of justice.
It turns out that the "fight" between the two in the opening pages was Wonder Woman training Kate in how to fight. It's a great way to bring two similar characters together and help Kate develop more as a heroine. What I love here is the way Kate reacts to each challenge, and Javier Pina really delivers on the art, showing the intensity and speed of the fight.
Marc Andreyko's script is equally as enjoyable. The discussion between Diana and Kate about their perceptions on justice and Kate's internal dialogue are equally as compelling in both respects because it shows Kate understands the complications of this case.
The only part of this book that really just drags it down is the sequence with Paul Kirk, the previous Manhunter. His "soul searching" in the Himalayas just is page filler and doesn't really add anything to the overall story for now. It's really just a framing sequence for whatever comes next for him, and I'm not sure it's something I'm really interested in following.
Overall though, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for something a little different than your typical DC superhero. Kate Spencer is a fantastic character, and this book deserves to get more support. It will be interesting to see if it gets that, because I think it really deserves it.
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