ďHell on EarthĒ
Plot: The Outsiders no more?
Comments: Writer Dan Didio scripts an Outsiders tale that takes everything you thought you knew about the squad and tosses it out the window. And that isnít necessarily a compliment either. Since he has taken over the writing chores the book has been littered in utter chaos with minimal results. I am trying not to be overly harsh but I personally found many faults with this issue and they all added up and it took me out of the story.
To recap, the team is still dealing with the events of the previous issues which have depicted Geo-Force as a maniacal lunatic with no sense of reason. Something is seriously foul here and my suspicions lead me to believe that Eradicator may be the cause of it all. However, the problem remains that this Brion is so unlike anything we have ever been shown in the past that it comes across as unbelievable. To make matters more confounded is the fact that these uncharacteristic traits arenít solely relegated to Brion but rather strewn across the cast. Black Lightning and Katana are also portrayed as characters looking for a fight and borderline obsessed, respectfully.
While I do see some merit in these transitions they flounder for simply being forced upon the reader all at once as opposed to a slower course. It is simply as if someone flicked a switch and established characters develop a foreign personality. Yet to focus entirely on the negative is just cumbersome so I will point out what I did enjoy here.
The fight scenes between Geo-Force and Black Lightning, while contrived, were rather entertaining. I could have used less of the personal verbal assaults by Brion towards Jefferson, but overall the action was fun and intense. The plotting and pacing provided by Didio was actually very well done and I like how he builds the scene at hand. The Philip Tan art was pretty darn impressive especially when pertaining to the conveying of emotions. There were a lot of shadowing techniques used that gave the story a dark look to the equally somber story.
In the end though this issue was a let-down for the most part due to the reasons mentioned above. It just became extremely hard to buy into the story when so many characters were fundamentally flawed in the authorís design. It is possible that Didio can turn things around because there is some potential there in the foundation to build upon. However, it is of utmost importance that a better grasp of who these characters are is necessary to make that happen.
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