Writer – Joe Casey
Artist – Nathan Fox, Jim Mahfood, Farel Dalrymple
Colours – Brad Simpson
The search for Captain Victory continues as his younger self is trapped on Earth and has no idea who he really is, why he can do what he can do, and is feeling very isolated because of it. Mister Mind finally has a lead on the various canisters containing the cloned body of the good Captain though, except he is unable to narrow it down so Captain Klavus orders a more standard physical search to take place. Joe Casey continues to nail down one of the most exciting and more traditional tales of science-fiction on the stands today. This is the kind of title that has been sorely missing in the market as of late, one that features all of those classic elements that make for a good sci-fi tale including a ship with a captain, populated by a crew of different races that each have their own unique personality, the exploration of worlds, a quest for a missing crew member and some mystery to go along with it all. Month in and month out, the artwork by Nathan Fox is simply amazing and with his co-conspirators, this issue being Jim Mahfood and Farel Dalrymple, they give the book the epic feel that it needs to tell such a tale. This issue was particularly fantastic as it featured Mister Mind more than usual, as well as Sergeant Tarin heading off to see what he can find of his missing Captain. Joe Casey and company have been making Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers one of the best titles on the stands and you are doing yourself a disservice if you are not reading it.
4.5 out of 5
Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Scot Eaton
Inker – Scott Hanna, Drew Geraci
Colours – Hi-Fi
Mister Terrific wants to have a talk with Bruce Wayne about the attempted theft of the uSphere, not knowing that it is a future Batman and not the current one who is after it. Dr. Yamakaze meanwhile does not want Jason Rusch working for him anymore while Batman Beyond wants to recruit the retired Red Robin. This issue was a bit better than the last, making a little headway on a couple of storylines and it was great to see the Batman Beyond segment, which was quite interesting, starting to tie together with the Red Robin story as well as the Dr. Yamakaze plot. The writers did do a good job of starting to tie things up so that it is finally starting to look like one big canvas instead of a bunch of smaller paintings. Dr. Yamakaze meanwhile, is starting to turn into a proper villain and where the title goes from here with the character will be intriguing to follow. It will also be fun to see where the conversation between Bruce and Michael will head, especially as Bruce is bound to find out that there is another Batman running around out there. The book ends on a shocking revelation for the two members of Firestorm, which obviously has them a little peeved, but hopefully signals the return of the hero. Definitely a much improved issue with some great artwork from Scot Eaton.
3.5 out of 5