reviews by Charlie Wentling
writer: Chuck Dixon
artists: Steve Epting and Rick Magyar
takes a turn to the Old West. While Tug and Galvan continue
trying to revive the slumbering Atlanteans, Zephyre and Verityn
join Geromi at a simulation of an old western town. Remember?
The far future Earth has been turned into a theme park with
different areas representing different eras of Earth history.
perhaps, but the western bits don't work. All of the characters
know that what they are seeing is not real. Soon Yala and
Gannish of The First arrive in cowboy garb. They appear
to be working with Danik to administer some sort of test on
the Atlanteans, but what the test is remains unclear. The
problem is that there is no sense on danger for the characters
and no resolution in this issue.
Geromi back into the action is a good move, and including
Aztecs as the "Indians" works well in context. On
the whole though, this issue feels like a failed attempt to
do a western comic.
artists: Cliff Richards and Roland Paris
continues to be on the run. Hopping a train with a group of
vagrants, she is recognized as a murder suspect and has to
flee the train. A drifter named Berkely joins her and soon
wins her confidence, persuading her to tell him her entire
story, including the black ghosts, the werewolves and the
deaths at mental hospital. Surprisingly, Berkely appears to
the way, Cassie sees a delivery worker that is actually a
werewolf. When she points him out to Berkely, he just sees
a normal man. But the two of them follow the worker in hopes
of finding some incriminating evidence. When events take a
turn for the worse, Berkely helps Cassie and shows his fighting
ends on an ominous note as Berkely's motives are brought into
question. This is another good issue in a chilling series.
writer: Ron Marz
artists: Jim Fern and Don Hillsman II
another quiet issue as Ethan and Ashleigh go to visit Ethan's
family. Ethan is not on the best of terms with them, especially
his brother Kai who views Ethan as a traitor. King Dane, Ethan's
father, behaves more coldly than he had the last time they
parted. Because of the bad blood between the Herons and Ravens,
the visit makes Ashleigh nervous.
the fact that there is no villain, the tension level remains
high throughout. These characters have complex relationships
with each other, much like any real family. Even though he
did turn his back on his family, Ethan comes off a lot better
than Kai, who acts like a spoiled child. There is a nice sequence
that contrasts the ways that the men and women deal with their
is back with another decent guest appearance, but he has a
hard time filling Jim Cheung's big shoes. Luckily, Cheung
will return in December.