Writer – Sam Humphries
Artist – Freddie Williams, Paco Diaz
Colours – David Curiel
After the big reveal of Mister Knife, being Star-Lord’s dad, and Peter’s rescue at the hands of his girlfriend, Kitty Pryde, they find themselves with a little downtime and a little awkwardness. This is due in part to the fact that Peter wants Kitty to stay, while Kitty would rather be on Earth and that actually hanging out in person is just a little bit different than dating as holograms. Elsewhere, Mister Knife is negotiating with Thane, the son of Thanos, to join his team in a lead-in to the Black Vortex crossover. Sam Humphries continues to deliver some great stories involving our hero including this one that sees Peter and Kitty trying to define their relationship now that they find themselves face to face. There are some things she does not like about him, mainly the thieving, but as the story progresses, she finds that not everything about Peter is exactly what it seems. On the other hand, Peter’s dad is everything that he seems to be, manipulative, conniving and self-serving. J’son does what he wants to do when he wants to, despite the consequences. It is fun watching J’son/Mister Knife try and convince Thane to join with him, promising him the power to face his father, Thanos, should he come looking for revenge for his imprisonment. The lengths Knife will go to, the lying and scheming have no limits as does his thirst for power and Thane is just another means to an end. With a lot of humour to balance out the drama, this book is always a lot of fun and with Humphries at the helm, it can be sure to remain so.
4 out of 5
Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Andy MacDonald
Colours – Hi-Fi
The up and down roller coaster that is this book takes a turn for the better with this issue which is a bit more interesting than the last handful, a little more exciting and actually made a step in the direction towards fulfilling its promise. There is a little bit of story with Lana, Grifter and Fifty Sue, a little with Firestorm and Dr. Polaris while Batman Beyond, Tim Drake, and Batman face the strange Joker/Batman hybrid from the future and Frankenstein finds himself with a little bit of hope come the end of the issue. Most of the book was actually quite good, as it held your interest instead of making you want to power through it to the good parts and pray for the rest to be over. The Batman Beyond part of the tale was great to see as everyone met everyone and finally got a clue as to what is really going on. The Dr. Polaris plot is winding down for now which is good, though Firestorm is still stuck in one body until he helps fix her up and it was good to see Amethyst and Frankenstein have a little time to chat as she tries to save his life, or at least what passes for it. The writing was definitely much stronger on this issue which was great to see, and the artwork while a little different than what we are used to by Andy MacDonald, grows on you until you really like it by the end of the book. Hopefully, DC puts him in the mix on this title as it rotates through its cadre of pencillers as it would be nice to see some more work from him. All in all, much better than usual.
3.5 out of 5