Issue by Issue – Silverblade #6

Writer – Cary Bates
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Steve Mitchell
Colours – Anthony Tollin
Letters – Carrie Spiegle

The sixth issue by Cary Bates and Gene Colan opens up with Jonathan Lord returning home in his vampire bat-man guise, carrying the body of the first Silverblade where his old flame Sandra awaits him, to which she faints immediately after seeing him. This all leads to Jonathan finally telling her the truth of what has happened to him and of what he can do and while he somehow thinks that she will stand by him throughout all of this, she does not and leaves soon after. Meanwhile, numerous things take place including the ghost of Brian Vane going for a car ride with Sandra Stanyon, Bobby Milestone taking a little time out to meditate and being interrupted by a being called Grynn who just so happens to be inhabiting the body of Blackfeather/Silverblade at the moment and the mystical Maltese falcon harping on Lord to kill Blackfeather as Lord is ‘the executioner,’ whatever that is supposed to signify. Furthermore, readers see the death of Mr. Vermillion, the book’s main villain at the hands of his assistant Miss Hothgard and the demon-infested Avenger costume while Lord heads off to work on the movie with that same Miss Hothgard, not realizing that it is a trap that he is walking into. Bates and Colan end the issue with a definitive bang, a scene that will leave readers wanting more the second the book comes to an end and that is a good thing. The only negative to be found is the lack of cohesion between this issue and the last, specifically the ending of the fifth issue which is not mentioned here in any way, shape or form. That book would see a blond Sandra Stanyon assaulted by the Avenger in Shangri-La, the home of Jonathan Lord to which he was returning. In this issue, she is fine and well as if nothing had ever happened and her hair is orange/red and also happens to be wearing different clothes. It is a little confusing as to what happened between books, for while the person in the last issue could have been Miss Hothgard, Bates referred to her as Miss Stanyon. Suffice it to say, it seems as if things got away from the creative team for a minute, but such as it is, it did not necessarily make this issue a bad one, it simply happened to go off track for a minute.

3 out of 5

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