Issue by Issue – Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #5

Writer – Joe Casey
Artist – Nathan Fox, Connor Willumsen
Colours – Brad Simpson
Letters – Simon Bowland

No matter what the crew of the Tiger do, they always hit setbacks and every delay could mean disaster for their missing captain. Meanwhile, Major Klavus has a plan to find Victory, and so he does after a sort, finding Victor on Earth while the other clone of Captain Victory is in for the fight of his life. Captain Victory’s limited series keeps on rocketing to its conclusion under the careful guidance of Joe Casey who infuses it with as much science-fiction goodness as he can muster. Having his constant companion Nathan Fox along for the ride and guest artist Connor Willumsen only adds to the wonder that is this series. There are not too many pure, science-fiction books around at the moment, so it is a shame that this one has to end after one more issue. Even so, that is not stopping the creative team from delivering one incredibly thrilling tale that sees its main character pretty much out of the picture and replaced by clones that only hold some of his inherent traits. One is essentially a barbarian while the other is just a teenager with powers he does not really understand and is stuck on Earth of all places. Klavus becomes more and more interesting as the series goes on, for even though readers do not really get any backstory on the man, it is through his devotion to his Captain and Joe Casey’s great characterization that we learn what we do of him. What would be nice for the last issue is to see just a little more of Orca and Tarin as Mister Mind and Klavus have been seen more prominently than those two, though if that does not happen; a sequel or another series would be even more appreciated. This has been one of Dynamite’s best books published at any time in their existence and it is a shame that when it eventually comes to an end, that is the end.  Everything here has been spot-on and really deserves to be seen again in some shape or form.

4 out of 5

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