reviews by Charlie Wentling
writer: Chuck Dixon
artists: Paul Ryan and Pablo Marcos
month, Aristophanes followed retreating Negation soldiers
through a portal to their universe. Now he means to kill as
many of them as he can before they can bury him with their
superior numbers. This issue focuses on Aristophanes at the
expense of most of the older characters. He comes off well,
facing more and more powerful adversaries until the Negation
eventually sends in a Lawbringer to deal with him.
is a natural leader, and he starts taking over the role that
Capricia had been in before. There is sure to be continuing
conflict between the two of them. The ancient warrior sets
out the goal of awakening the rest of the Atlanteans. Whether
this will happen remains to be seen. Danik has been absent
for the past few months, and he might have something to say
Ryan supplies the guest art, and he does a wonderful job of
matching his style to Steve Epting's. CrossGen is good about
getting appropriate guest artists for its series, and every
issue still ships on time. Marvel should be paying attention.
writer: Tony Bedard
artists: Karl Moline and John Dell
has dropped his pretense of trying to help Cassie, and is
revealed as a vampire. Or is he? The vampires and werewolves
that Cassie has encountered are not simple "monsters". They
are supernatural creatures that are taking the forms of movie
monsters to make anyone who sees them sound crazy. Cassie
makes a startling escape from the sanitarium and heads out
she discovers that getting away will not be so easy. Blamed
for three deaths at the sanitarium, she is now a fugitive.
It is hard to tell what the status quo will be in this series.
Bedard has thrown in a couple of surprising developments in
this issue alone, doing a great job at suggesting there is
a larger tapestry unfolding. Cassie has barely scratched the
surface so far.
of violence and gore has increased. Karl Moline does a fantastic
job creating some disturbing imagery, in particular the first
and last pages of the issue. Even better is the subtle underlying
sense of dread and despair throughout.
writer: Ron Marz
artists: Lee Moder and Roland Paris
of the climactic issue #25 are finally felt. The lesser races
have been led by Ethan to Tournament Isle and their freedom,
and they have their own kingdom. So now what? Who will lead
them? What will Ethan's role be?
are the questions that Ethan is asking himself as he says
goodbye to his father, brother and sister. The parting is
amicable for the most part, though there is still a lot of
tension between Ethan and his brother Kai. And not all of
the lesser races want Ethan to stick around.
the characters all act like real people. Marz does a good
job of showing how two people can have disagreements without
either of them being wrong. Ethan starts getting the hints
that Skink might be more than he appears. The story in this
issue is fairly quiet and self-contained, with a wonderful
ending that hints at some dark clouds on the horizon.
artist Jim Cheung is on vacation for four months, but Lee
Moder does a nice job filling in.