Maddox is not a fan of Travis Morgan. In fact, he downright hates him and he cannot wait to kill our hero. So it is that for the most part, Morgan spends most of the issue in chains, buried in the ground up to his head or hanging above a pool of boiling oil and all the while as Maddox blathers on about his plans and whatnot. The single most disappointing thing about this entire issue is Michael Fleisher’s portrayal of Mariah. Ever since he took over the title, her character has floundered under his pen and he has taken her from the strong and confidant woman that she is and broken her down over time to a lovelorn, insecure and pitiful shell of her former self. It is detestable in a way as there was absolutely no need for it and you have to wonder just what it was that he was thinking when he set out upon this road. In this issue alone, Mariah is berated by Maddox, beaten and later knocked unconscious and chained up so that she can watch Morgan be killed. At the end of it all, when Morgan gets free and everything is as it should be, Maddox is still alive and Mariah stays behind to be with him. It is a terrible piece of storytelling and does not serve the character or the title in any way and is perhaps the single worst issue and story this book has ever featured. On another note, the issue also featured an additional story starring Jennifer Morgan that takes a look at her past and sees it being drawn by a young Rob Liefeld and looking pretty good to boot. It is not enough to save the issue overall, but is a better tale than the lead feature.
1 out of 5