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CrossGen Reviews 6-21-02
writer: Tony Bedard artists: Paul Pelletier and Dave Meikis
For the first time
since the jailbreak, both groups of former prisoners come together in
one place. Evinlea is not happy about being abandoned on the prison
planet, and she means to take out her aggressions on sigil-bearer Mercer
Drake. We meet a bunch of new cast members as the battle rages, and
Obregon Kaine uses Evinlea's impulsive behavior as a way to drive a
wedge between her and Javi.
The Lawbringer Qztr
tracks down the group and quickly begins to thin out their ranks. Qztr
is very alien and very sinister, and he (it?) will do a lot of damage.
There will be a high body-count next month, which is okay since nearly
twenty characters is too many for one series to feature. Other than
Kaine, I have no idea who will survive.
The prisoners are
becoming a suspiciously well-rounded group, with at least one character
from each world of the known CrossGen universe. Among them are four
sigil-bearers, so this is a powerful group. We also get a glimpse of
things to come as Charon, the god of the Negation universe, tortures
a captive whose identity is withheld from the reader. I'm guessing it
is Gammid from Crux.
writer: Chuck Dixon artists: Scot Eaton and Andrew Hennessy
from captivity last month, only to be recaptured by a rebel group of
Saurians with a slightly avian appearance. Saurians have the interesting
ability to take on the physical characteristics of what they eat, so
this group must have been eating some type of bird-creatures. Tchlusarud
convinces them to join him against their common enemy, Khyradon. Their
first step is to free the prisoners at the Kholyma outpost.
This is a disappointing
issue. Once again, Samandahl Rey doesn't appear and the story suffers
as a result. Chuck Dixon has written five issues of Sigil so
far, and two of them have been missing the main character. The supporting
cast is not engaging enough to sustain the series on their own. I'd
almost say you could skip this whole issue without missing anything
important, but right at the end a minor character is killed off in what
is meant to be a shocking twist.
The pacing is particularly
bad. Almost half of the art is done in splash pages. This just adds
to the feeling that not much is happening. Scot Eaton is a good artist,
but all these splash pages serve to weaken the story when used in an
arbitrary way like this. For a good use of splash pages, check
out Scion #24.
writer: Ron Marz artists: June Brigman and Drew Geraci
Arwyn and Gareth
try to recuperate after the events of last issue. Their dragon ally
Shiara was killed by Mordath, and in escaping, Arwyn broke her arm.
Not a good situation for an archer. As the two seek refuge in a hidden
glade, Neven returns and tells Arwyn that she wants back Arwyn's magic
bow. She says that Arwyn not is worthy to carry the bow since she tried
to cut short her quest with the dragon's help.
This issue serves
as a bridge between the story arc that ended last month and the one
that will start next. For the first time, Arwyn's dog Kreeg gets his
own little subplot, and it works surprisingly well. Like Arwyn, Mordath
took some damage last time, and he begins work rebuilding his castle.
He shows some unexpected mercy to one of his soldiers. Ayden (also known
as Altwaal, the former ruler of the First) makes another appearance.
Guest artist June
Brigman does quite well. She has a much more cartoony style than regular
artist Greg Land, but it fits with the pixies that arrive to cause mischief.