Issue by Issue – Black Condor #5

Writer – Brian Augustyn
Artist – Rags Morales
Inker – Richard Space
Colours – Eric Kachelhofer
Letters – Gaspar Saladino

What makes this book pretty funny, at least in one respect, is that its hero Black Condor is a man that simply does not give a crap about what is going on around him or what happens to anyone else. That being said, he does feel bad for thinking as such and so he will occasionally step in when wrongdoing is being committed. He also gets harped upon by his friend Ned who says that he should be doing more hero stuff if he is going to be a hero, not that Black Condor wants to be a hero but people are starting to think of him as one. That all leads readers to this issue, which is somewhat continued off the last one where Black Condor is looking for the girl that killed all those people in the park. He recognized her then or at least the psychic feeling of her and he is even more sure of it now and so heads off to see if he can locate her, starting at the homeless encampment where he believes she might have been. Things are not going to go as easy as he would like to think they will be though as life and the things that go with it get in the way. As it turns out, these things will require him to be the hero he has tried to avoid being and it means rescuing some stupid kids who have been ripping off some gangsters before they are gunned down. Because of that, the book moves at a good pace and never drags which is a bonus considering there are no real supervillains in it. Also absent from the book is the original Black Condor who was introduced in the last issue and who has some vested interest in the current man to bear that moniker. What is present though, is a little more of The Society, that group of scientists and old men who made him what he is and who coincidentally, also had something to do with Karin, that mysterious girl who kills with her mind. Brian Augustyn and Rags Morales continue to do a good job on the book, unveiling little bits of lore about the hero as it all moves along, though going at this rate will take quite some time before it is all finally revealed. If readers are lucky, perhaps this story with Karin will bring it all to the forefront and give a little resolution to that which was started in the very first issue. All told, this was a decent story, much like the rest that came before it with enough present to keep the reader interested.

3 out of 5

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