Four Colour Thoughts – Maestro: War & Pax #1

The Creators – Peter David – Writer, Javier Pina – Artist, Jesus Aburtov – Colours, Travis Lanham – Letters

The Players – Maestro, Machine Man, The Pantheon, Doctor Doom

The Story – The Maestro wishes to rule all and to do that he needs to unite what is left of mankind beneath his will.

The Take – Ruling is not easy, though the Maestro has perhaps had it a little easier than most. The combination of brains and brawn makes the man quite formidable but just as history has proven, there will always be those that will oppose those in positions of power and so Maestro has his work cut out for him. Peter David continues to examine the life of one of Marvel’s best villains as he moves from Hulk to Maestro and at this point in time, there is very little of the former left. It is here that the Maestro realizes that in order to make what is left of humanity bow down to him, he must eliminate those that will not, those that dream. He will offer them a movement, one of peace and should they not fall in line, then they will simply fall. David takes the Maestro back to Washington where he first met Machine Man as this will be the first test of his new philosophy. It only takes Aaron Stack a minute to realize he and his people will not be subjugated and thus a plan is put into motion. Suffice it to say, the former Hulk does not win the day but he is definitely far from finished. Also making an appearance in this book are David creations The Pantheon who seem to be doing well on their own and if readers were to place a bet on them surviving this series, there is a more than good chance that they will not. That being said, seeing them is a good thing and it will be interesting to see what happens, especially when Doom comes knocking. As a whole, the book is immensely entertaining, almost like this is where David was headed with all of his Hulk stories over the years. Seeing the transformation from hero to villain is always captivating, especially when said character thinks they are still a hero in what they do with their actions all but saying the opposite. While David nails it in the story department, Javier Pina does a great job at making it come alive on the page and as a first issue, it has everything one could want in a book. A series definitely worth following.

Worth It? – Yes.

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